Saturday, May 21, 2011
TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS (Marti, dupa craciun) from Radu Muntean, the man who gave us Boogie (Summer Holiday) back in 2008. His new one is one of the leanest (only 99 minutes), most realistic-yet-refined, utterly poised probings of the dissolution of a marriage that I've yet seen. Easily holding your attention from moment to moment, the movie still sneaks up on you. Only at the end -- maybe quite awhile afterward -- will you fully realize what an accomplishment is this graceful, sad, caring-but-unsentimental film.
Maria Popistasu (below, right, and above) and Mimi Branescu (below, left) are so attractive (in a real, rather than a movie-star manner) that we immediately like them. Only in the next scene must we come to terms with the infidelity going on, as we meet the wife (Mirela Oprisor, shown at bottom, left) and young daughter, and we realize that our "hero" Paul, like so many of us men, has embarked upon an affair that can only hurt the people involved, himself included.
Dragos Bucur -- above, left -- lately of Police, Adjective), a fellow who has also opted for younger women. Little happens, yet there's a strong suggestion that the decision that has been made will not make our hero a happy man.
Lorber Films, is likely to leave mature viewers who've been down this road, shaking their heads in recognition and, perhaps, remorse. Those considering that road will probably want to avoid the movie -- or gird up their loins, grit their teeth, and watch. In either case, the film opens this coming Wednesday, May 25, at Film Forum, for a two-week engagement. Screening times can be found here.