A son discusses getting a job through bribery for his recently laid off father in this 2004 Golden Bear winning short from Cristi Puiu, director of THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU and AURORA. A simple dialogue scene, but wonderfully acted. There is a lot of power and expert set up in this once little vignette.
Everything here is a transaction, down the kind of water the old man will drink. They take a little detour to discuss home life and even this involves some financial give and take. Like a great short story: everything word a gesture serves the central theme.
Post-cold-war tensions played out through a terse, awkward meeting between old-world father and new-world son. Moritz Pfeifer aptly described the film as "a social-realist version of a Beckett play". Bleak and effective.
Not the Jim Jarmusch film. This is a film about about incommunicability - about one generation (the younger) disinterested in the problems of another generation (the older) but feeling an obligation to listen and if (only absolutely) necessary - do something.
"It's like old times, with coffee and cigarettes," they both say, but mean differently. The father, harmless and sweet. The son -- briskly steadfast, curt, somewhat unenjoyable -- seems to tire of his father's approach in life. As he tires at his country's approach on his. Two generations with two slightly different outlooks taking the changes in Post-Soviet Bucharest in different ways. 3.3
I like the simplicity of this, and it holds your attention well as the script is well written and the performances feel natural. A solid short that if it was used as an attempt to replicate something similiar more often, we'd probably all be better off for it.