First Film Review

Oh, this one was hard to choose and even harder to write. I knew it had to be a contemporary film, but also a film I loved, or at least really liked. There are a few of those, a few films that follow me like: Child’s Pose (Pozitia Copilului 2013), Somewhere at Palilula (Undeva la Palilua, 2012), 4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile, 2007), Illegitimate (Ilegitim, 2016), Sieranevada (2016). How did I choose Sieranevada? This one is a bit more than a film I like, I don’t even know if I like it that much, but it bears a special meaning. It is the last film I watched in cinema, in home town cinema, before leaving the country. The last radiography of Romanian life, of my reality, my families, so that I would remember it after changing the country. And I did. It was the film that made me think about developing a final project about Romanian film, so detur la Preciziei couldn’t begin otherwise than with a review for Sieraneva by Cristi Puiu, who was also born in the same county as me.
But the decision wasn’t totally based on an emotional impulse. I crossed the other off the list for pertinent reasons. Child’s Pose and 4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days are awarded films at European film festivals, and it would have been a cliché to “open” the website with a film of that sort. Somewhere at Palilula, as much as I like it, is an exception-film. It has nothing of the aesthetic that put Romanian film on the map, it’s singular. Illegitimate, the most recent of them all, was crossed only because I planned to have an interview with its producer, and I wanted to publish them one after another.
I have never written a Romanian film review before. It was a challenge because it was a film I liked and it described something I know so well. The film isn’t available online, so I had to base my review on memories, interviews, other reviews and public’s comments, but still, maintain my own opinion and my own voice.