Paul Negoescu made an honest film, that reflects a lot of inner struggles of a particular young generation in the hip, festive Bucharest. A bit bored, a bit jaded, this young man is struggling to identify what he wants, who he wants and where he can find happiness, which is somewhat comforting because many of us, at some point, have been there.
This Romanian drama doesn't try to push any cinematic boundaries, but it wins you over with some very good lead performances, a script (co-written by director Paul Negoescu) that mixes in some nice, honest moments in between some meandering scenes that never become boring, and a relatively short runtime that stops it from outstaying its welcome.
3 1/2 - A well crafted piece of film-making. Convincing characters and excellent cinematography. The subtle details that reflect aspects of the main characters' lives - the straight-laced conformity of the IKEA furniture, the threesome in the window, the anagrammatic Adina/Nadia - also add to the film's charm. Oh, go on then, make it 4*.
If I want to observe unenlightened, unconscious, self-centered men, I can just go outside. Why would this be interesting to anyone? The first shot, (after the clearly boring sex) of seeing the woman folding sheets and putting up pillows in a house not her own, was quite a turn off as well.
Relationship drama - not - set in Thailand. Ha. Ah the angst of a finicky dude who is not sure what he wants in a relationship and does his very best to fuck up all of the people he's involved with. It's a pretty well shot and well acted film. A bit light in material, but engaging enough. The bookends made me laugh... maybe not the intended response, but I found it kind of funny... in a meaningless sort of way.
The extent to which the male protagonist is on screen (nearly the entire movie) became rather exhausting. Perhaps that's the point. There was a moment on the rooftop when it shifted perspective to a conversation between other characters and it was incredibly refreshing. All that said, this movie was an emotionally resonant, idiosyncratic look at loneliness and togetherness through the lens of a man nearing midlife.
What might be a common-or-garden indie movie in other countries is lifted to brilliance by the sort of keen attention to realist detail typical of Romanian cinema. Who else has filmed the all-too-familiar prolonged awkwardness of a lengthy boozy trudge from bar to bar in wintry conditions? Who would so effortlessly make their hero a pathetic, mundane villain. A little gem this film.
ROMANIAN SURPRISE. Excellente interprétation et réalisation d'une histoire originale autour de la fragilité du couple dans la vie moderne, sujet traité de manière très captivante. Film à voir, intelligent & délicat. === Excellent interpretation and realization of an original story about the fragility of the couple in modern life, subject treated in a very captivating way. Film to see, intelligent & delicate.
Where's the point, here? Where's the story? Or, better, a story worthy of being told? In a circular, boring narrative, I can only see the shallow struggling of a fickle, self-centered young man. The girl who takes him back is even more idiot. The ending was granted from the beginning, that makes the entire movie so obvious. At least I enjoyed a couple of songs.
A month in Thailand is merely an idea for a local of Bucharest who in one New Year's Eve dumps the woman who loves him but who's possessive tendencies has him pining for the women he really loves. Low budget, hand-held cameras, too much karaoke and cheap discos combine to present a slice-of-life story that neatly goes full circle. Perfectly achieves it's intention of representing average life for some average people.
Next to "En la ciudad de Sylvia" "Take This Waltz," this is one of most heartbreaking romance about fleeting love & passing time since 21st century. Stimulated by a everlasting feeling like "I'm sure that I'm happy now, but I can't help but think I might have lived a happier life," a lonely soul wanders in the night of Bucharest. Us living a life is hurting other people & ourself deeply, maybe it continues forever.