Alex is an emotional, neurotic wreck. When his mother is suddenly hospitalized for a stroke, the caring son’s life is thrown even further off track. At the hospital he finds himself in a burlesque kind of human zoo–equally comic and dramatic, full of unexpected characters and surprising events.
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I discovered Adrian Sitaru when seeing his well-known short film "Waves" and I pretty much fancy the guy's directing skills. Same goes for "Best Intentions": liked a lot the camera handling and the change of perspective and adored some of the characters (the 'almost' mad lady from the hospital does the magic). However, the storyline was sort of boring as I can't ever empathize with the main character's paranoia.
A dialogue-heavy family drama about an overly concerned son and his ill mother. Whilst certainly reflecting the complications of family Best Intentions becomes quite tedious in the long run, choosing to play the same note over and over. The subjective camera work is quite fascinating to watch and the acting feels natural and engaging. 2.5 stars
Too much dialogue. The movied really annoyed me. As it is I am annoyed by self-obsessive people who thinks they know best. I couldn't believe I spent 2 hours watching this boring annoying film. Point taken. We are all obessessed with our own ego and thoughts.
Despite its best intentions, Sitaru's film turns out to be an extremely uncinematic exercise exhausting the viewer's patience. A worthy issue is rendered an obsessive stylistic project with the irritating camerawork (the worst pans I've seen in a long time) and, worst of all, a protagonist staring at the camera as he addresses other characters. This frontal assault is an index of the weak material in each frame.
It seemed to my like an artificial Death of Mr. Lazarescu. Having the camera switching between POVs of characters the viewer doesn't identify with, seemed at first like a bold experiment, especially since a front-shot of the main character was probably the most used throughout the film. But the trick worked, and the film is a very engaging psycho-drama.