A few days before Christmas, having quit his job in Germany, Matthias returns to his multi-ethnic Transylvanian village. He wishes to involve himself more in the education of his son, Rudi, left for too long in the care of his mother, Ana, and to rid the boy of the unresolved fears that have taken hold of him. He’s preoccupied with his old father, Otto, and also eager to see his ex-lover, Csilla.
When a few new workers are hired at the small factory that Csilla manages, the peace of the community is disturbed, underlying fears grip the adults, and frustrations, conflicts and passions erupt through the thin veneer of apparent understanding and calm.
The Cannes-winning director Cristian Mungiu, who once again wowed Cannes with a masterful 17-minute sequence of residents debating in one shot, records and reflects Romanian political problems and social traumas on the screen.
Marin Grigore, Judith State
Romanian, Hungarian, German, English