Mila, a young pianist, tries to prepare for an audition abroad but her brother, Niki, keeps distracting her with his annoying talent for the absurd. Todor, their astrophysicist father, seems unable to deal with his children’s anxieties. A family portrait during their last summer together.
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I can't describe by words the brilliance of this super-minimal yet lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely little gem. Tears continue to burst out from my eyes like waterfall. My review in Japanese →http://d.hatena.ne.jp/razzmatazzrazzledazzle/20170808/1502198545
Nearly nothing at all--nothing but life, quietly observed. And darling Niki, an imp, a goof, but then a shred of aged wisdom, when he speaks an aphorism that fits him loosely, like a suit he might one day grow into.
I had a great experience recording rehearsals and then location sound on this film. I love the way in which the structured improvisation has been condensed and the details honed in the edit. The concert scene, for its particular emphasis was a pleasant surprise to me.
Locarno '17. Slice of life story for which the title's meaning slyly becomes apparent by omission. The music scenes are well done but there's not much else to hold one's interest. Frankly I'd rather rewatch a certain Alexander Payne movie (you'll know which one once you've finished the film) than this. 2.5 stars.