Adrian Sitaru's Waves is a tidy, succinct film shot in bright sunshine
but filled with the dark side of everyday life. We are on a beach
packed with vacationers. The comfortable Romanian family sneers at the
frolicking May-December couple on the blanket next to them. The gypsy
boy (for Romanians and Hungarians he is the underclass, the person you
avoid by crossing the street) approaches, on the make, settles
suspiciously close to the young and beautiful mother and her
child. Then the mother takes the inner tube and asks the boy to watch
her child while she goes swimming. Reminiscent of the best of David
Lynch, Sitaru presents the dark side indirectly, without exclamations,
in the brightest of light. In this moral tale about responsibility, he
shocks us into realigning our definitions and expectations.
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