Blu-ray projection. Romanian free form, under censorship's subjection, that inexplicably passed unharmed for some time until it was withdrawn from circulation - which could be explained by the mediocrity underlying all totalitarian regimes. A well-disposed creation about a possibility of existence that is simultaneously a resilience of human capacities and artistic forms. Therefore, a breath that still is.
There are too many films with this title. That being said, this is incredible. There is so much truth in this film, whether it's commenting on Romania, society at large, or film itself. As sad as it is hilarious.
Another ingenious subversion of authoritarian politics told via pristine cinematography and a tragicomic tone, perfectly suited to the bizarre institutional rituals in question. A government-ordered filmic reconstruction about the evils of alcoholism gives rise, beyond the critique of the regime, to a cinematic manifesto with subtle cuts, brisk movement to and from the lens and plenty of resonant aural tropes.