WAITING FOR AUGUST, the fine new documentary from Romanian filmmaker Teodora Ana Mihai, is a bit like going back in time to the days of those old-fashioned documentaries that simply watched their subjects carefully, without comment, with a camera that finally appears all but invisi-ble to the participants. Of coure, that camera never really is invisi-ble, but making it seem so -- via the direc-tor's being remarkably unobtrusive and/or becoming almost a part of what s/he is observing -- goes a long way toward that invisibility.
Romanian new wave hit us -- from The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Police, Adjective to Tuesday, After Christmas and If IWant to Whistle, I'll Whistle -- movies that, time after time, offer up men who've never grown into their own autonomy, often under the tutelage of women enablers (see Child Pose for the very best/worst example of this enabling).
Laemmle's Royal this Friday, October 3, and in New York City at the Quad Cinema on Friday, October 10. To check for any further scheduled screenings, in the U.S. or abroad, click here.