Cold War-era Eastern European cinema is one of my happy places.
I dug this low-key drama. For a debut feature, it’s remarkably confident, pared down to the bone – keenly observed without false drama and shot in stark B&W.
The protag has these piercing eyes that take everything in, occasionally flickering with amusement and interest, but rarely with any passion – it’s a catlike gaze. She doesn't talk much. Communication and moments of connection are evasive and fleeting. You watch the film like she watches the world.
I wouldn’t want to give the impression that it’s a dour experience. It isn’t without humour – some scenes veer into proto-cringe comedy.
Very good overall – a film that’s of its time, but which captures a universal experience.