The film is inspired by true events and centers on a young journalist, who goes to Transylvania together with a French TV crew led by a top reporter, to deal with a case of a young prostitute repatriated from France. A family in which no one ever drew a line between what's moral and what's legal. Roman returns to the land he has just inherited from his grandfather.
A humble Romanian actor in his 30s, hardly surviving between a complicated part in a musical, a depressed wife, and the obsession of an imminent, devastating earthquake, becomes the victim of his manipulative father. Falling in love with another patient, he narrates his and his fellow patients' attempts to live life to the fullest as their bodies slowly fade away, but their minds refuse to give up. Fully decided to sell this vast but desolate property, he is warned by the local cop that his grandfather was a local ...
The movie proceeds to take us through the usual familial meet and greets, which prove traumatic and lay the groundworks for all the ensuing/existing psychological trauma.
Those scenes have a sense of caricature about them, with 'traditional' values of partner screening proving funny and harrowing at the same time.
See full summary » When slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover they share the same dreams - where they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love - they decide to make their dreams come true but it's difficult in real life.
Toma meets Ana while they are both literature students at university, and they fall in love.
As an aside, some people in the cinema were taken aback by the explicitness of a sex scene, which I would rather deem justified, due to the Freudian aspects of Netzer's approach - and a meaningful character- building moment.
The movie puts psychoanalysis at its core, turning it into an indirect plot device, which sometimes looks like a black box.
More important though is how Ana and Toma react to change, in particular to Ana's gradual self- empowerment (thanks to a mixture of religion and psychoanalysis), which fundamentally alters Toma's role as 'the saviour'.
Our couple is Toma and Ana, two lovers who meet during university and, more than anything, fall into a relationship.
They are both cultured individuals and complete each other well, as Ana suffers from anxiety attacks and Toma is seemingly always there to support her.
The attention to detail in fleshing out Ana and Toma provides the characters with a lot of depth.