Flawless example of Romanian cinema and its golden age. The humor of absurdity is exploited with the help of politics and the excessive, non-sensical authority in Romania’s communist period. Amazing performances from Mihaita and Gaitan, impressive cinematography for 1960’s Romania and heavily featured French influences in the character development and appereance (Ileana Popovici reminisces feminine Godard characters)
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.
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 Romanian free form, under censorship's subjection, that inexplicably passed unharmed for some time until it was withdrawn from circulation - which could be explained by the mediocrity underlying all totalitarian regimes.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.