The synopsis looks good on paper, while the crude and rather tasteless mix of non-complementary elements comes as a shocker. The portrayed idyllic village life combined with the weird slapstick humour feels like a vulgar version of a Disney animation. The extremely simplified characters remind caricatures - the Soviet officer manages to reach the level of grotesque. The cinematography and acting are a saving grace.
Combines folk comedy with something more bitter, tragic and upsetting that transforms the entire film into a modern ghost story about how innocence is brutally destroyed by the system and the powers in charge. If one doesn't think "Fuck Communism" at the end of this one - nothing will.
saw this film 2008 at Montreal World film festival, and couldn't forget it. I was so eager to revisit it after 11 years. The wedding supper is the jewel of the film. maybe the only conveying something about unspeakable violence, is through the cinema of the absurd.
An outlier in the Romanian New Wave canon, Silent Wedding is both amusing and tragic in its depiction of an idealised peasant village about to be crushed by the Communist wheel, with buffoons and more sinister commissars moving into town. The film's biggest problem is its lack of discipline, with the script taking too many tonal shifts (Three Stooges slapstick, magical realism and even a paranormal reality TV show).
the magical thing about this movie is that none of the characters are redeeming. yet, their Balkan spirits shone through every scene. quite the neat package in this poignant film, and it gets the point across. the director and writer are very clear about the concentrated meaning of the communist zeitgeist: the oppression of laughter.
Even if every cliché is summoned (the village characters, the agents of saintly irrationalism) and even if the film form is more often than expected gross and superficial (terrible slapstick and baldly Kusturicaesque), the film attains moments of poignancy, capturing the Balkan bacchanalian frenzy both as defiance and hubris. In this sense its dialectics of laughter is admirable and Meda Victor compensates for flaws.
The sequence after the announcement of a certain event is an entire precious gem and is now one of my favorite scenes of cinema. The film as a whole is quite light and takes a shocking, abrupt dark turn before you're emotionally ready for it (though the said turn has certainly been hinted at). I am quite unsure about the aesthetic effectivity of the introduction and conclusion used in the film, however.
Przeciętny, aczkolwiek dla fanów bałkańsko-jugosłowiańskiego czarnego humoru i groteski będzie nawet strawny (rumunia choć nie zawiera się w tej kategorii państw etnograficznie, najwyraźniej ma kilka wspólnych elementów pop-kulturowych ze swoimi sąsiadami). Sama realizacja sceny weselnej jest jednak atutem tak wielkim, że warto poświecić czas choćby tylko dla niej. Był potencjał, ale zabrakło więcej wyczucia i smaku
filmul e dezamagitor.Un film similar e "Undeva la Palilula" de Purcarete,care vine din lumea teatrului.Cum Malaele a avut succes ca actor de teatru,asta se reflecta si in acest film,o comedie cu histrioni.Hainele,coreografia,casele, par scoase nou noute din cutie,fara noroi,muste si uzura precum in satul real.
Astonishing tone and use of colour in its mise-en-scene of depicting distressing memories; Silent Wedding succeeds in creating a balance between the joy and grief whilst maintaining an appalling contrast in order to drive spectators to contemplate to story and beyond.
The movie has this incredible idea in the middle, the silent wedding. I love when narratives are surprising, when they try to counter any intuitions you had. That's what the movie does. It's a shame it sometimes abused the heavy, useless wannabe rabelaisian jokes, that made the movie less good than it could be.