PC. If Jude made a magnum opus about the theatricality of human comedy, Puiu sublimated it under a continuous stream of play between the actors and the camera, in permanent sequence-shots, where realism is subjected to an inexorable corrosion. Faced with the dementia of this group, appears in splendor the ways of a comedy that finds in Buñuel's "El Ángel Exterminador" its matrix: before humanity we can only laugh.
Cristi Puiu's latest is a universal tale of family gathering; this one for a ceremony for the family patriarch. Brilliantly scripted touching on wounds both fresh and ancient throughout as the extended family interact in the most genuine and exacting of ways. Basically taking place in real time the three hour runtime never wears out its welcome and we're left to marvel at the claustrophobic shooting structure.
A huge hunk of movie, mammoth running time being a minor factor as such. A lot of people in, for the most part, a very tight space. (How in the hell are there a crew and equipment in there?) A lot being encapsulated (both nation-specific and extra-national). I often tend to separate the cinema that goes out to do art from the cinema that sets out to entertain. Sieranevada is actually all-you-can-eat entertainment.
Românii moştenesc din tată-n fiu o resemnare mută care se schimbă în apatie şi această apatie este susţinută încă de neştiinţa lor; de unde moleşirea voinţei și alterarea caracterului. Fiind dintotdeauna dotaţi cu o inteligenţă superioară, dar ţinută în loc, paralizată de o trândăvie impusă de împrejurările nefericite ale istoriei, au criticat pe oamenii lor, fără să fi făcut sforţări în a îndrepta ceea ce criticau.
it's frustrating that between Mungiu and Puiu, Mungiu wins best director at Cannes for Bacalaureat. I haven't seen the other nominated films, but Sieranevada is truly a directorial masterpiece. This proves once again how the festival systems really work.
Within 170 minutes you experience such an enormous amplitude of topics reaching politics, religion, social issues, disputes and most of all personal conflicts of each characters and their relationships. C. Puiu delivers a docudrama, but doesn't forget comic and tragic aspects which are always followed by our special ocassions and social interactions.
It's impressive enough from a technical point of view, the vast majority of the action taking place in one apartment, without it ever feeling either claustrophic or stagey. But the performances and the script elevate it to the level of a masterpiece. An ensemble piece that is forever stimulating, brimming with ideas and stories and sub-stories. Yet another brilliant film by Cristi Puiu.
"Sieranevada" è un capolavoro. Un' esperienza immersiva nella quotidianità. Cristi Puiu ha una maestria unica e lo dimostra attraverso le radicali e impegnative scelte formali che caratterizzano "Sieranevada"; opera-fiume di tre ore, tragicomiche e fluide come la vita umana.