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Perpetuum Mobile (2008)

Ron has lost his job and watched his family fall apart. He spends his days at the club of his childhood friend, Adi, where he plays cards for money. It is springtime. He meets Dina, an old ... See full summary »

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Dainius Gavenonis ...
Ron
Julija Goyd ...
Dina
Ramunas Cicenas ...
Adi
Viktorija Kuodyte
Jonas Vaitkus
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Dalia Storyk ...
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Ron has lost his job and watched his family fall apart. He spends his days at the club of his childhood friend, Adi, where he plays cards for money. It is springtime. He meets Dina, an old friend of Adi. They quickly become close, start playing as a team, and move in together. One evening, Ron loses all his money at the tables, gets drunk and is thrown out by Adi's bodyguards. Dina takes advantage of the turmoil to steal from Adi. She convinces Ron to skip town. The two hide out in a fishing village. It is autumn. Ron and Dina discover that they know nothing about each another. They are strangers who can't so much as look into each other's eyes much less tell each other the truth. Written by Vilnius International Film Festival

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7 November 2008 (Lithuania)  »

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Вечный двигатель  »

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€600,000 (estimated)
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The title means "Perpetual Motion" but film feels like "No Motion"....
8 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

Some friends and I went to see this movie at the local EU Film Festival in Tokyo, where it was representing Lithuania.

Unfortunately, this drab "arthouse" film has little to recommend it. The main characters- a divorced alcoholic and a desperate model with some sort of murky backstory- are unpleasant and uninteresting. The plot meanders from "so what?" to "who cares?" as we watch the man repeatedly drink, gamble and have a hangover in the morning....Even the scenery is dreary. By the end, we're indifferent as to what has transpired during the lean 90-minute running time.

As one of my colleagues pointed out, it's a "slice-of-life" drama (which Eastern European countries usually do so well) but about low-lives.

If you're looking for a better film from the Baltic Republics, go and enjoy Estonia's "Klass" (9/10) or even Latvia's beautifully shot but overly patriotic "Defenders of Riga (7/10). There's nothing here to to recommend to the viewer....


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