Hana is growing up in an archaic alpine landscape in Albania where the old codes and traditional gender roles prevail. She escapes the fate of a wife and servant when, in accordance with the Kanun, the traditional Albanian law, she pledges herself to life-long virginity.
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Wonderfully brooding storytelling with an unexpected but totally welcomed ethnographic overlay that is not forced. Alba Rohrwacher again proves she's got some of the best acting chops in the game. 3.5 stars
A bold self-assured debut by a filmmaker whose career I’ll be following in the future. It nonetheless rests a bit too much on the virtuoso work of its cast, especially Alba Rohrwacher’s minimalist wonder of a performance. The swimming pool scene near the end is of surprising beauty, hypnotizing the audience with its perusal of the wonder that is the human body and its sensual physicality. Great exploration of gender.
Wikipedia: "The sworn virgin is believed to be the only formal, socially defined female-to-male cross-gender and cross-dressing role in Europe." I'd never heard of this Balkan tradition; I was amazed at how strongly the acceptance of gender-crossing contrasted with the strict enforcement of traditional gender roles. Bc of this it was all-or-nothing for Hana at first. Her gender fluidity made for a pretty cool story.
(...)Mark wird gespielt von Alba Rohrbacher, die eine der tollsten Schauspielerinnen Italiens ist! Zum Glück mündet ihre spröde Schönheit am Ende nicht in Dekoltee und Pfennigabsätzen! Ein kleiner Arthaus Film zum Entdecken!