One day Ion, a 75 year old Romanian man, accidentally receives a Medal of Honor for some 'heroic' actions back in WW2, times he barely remembers. The medal forces Ion to reconsider his whole life. Maybe he wasn't all the time a loser. Maybe his life has a meaning. Maybe he means something to his family. Written by
On his bus ride from the Ministry of Defence, Ion passes the Romanian capitol building, Casa Poporului (the "House of the People"). In 1995, when the story takes place, the building was still unfinished and would be surrounded by construction cranes. See more »
Piece of Romanian reality, this movie is only another brick to classical atmosphere. A society without clear rapers, in the sea of memories, fragile, cower, small, behind childish games and bovaric circles. In fact, it is more that. Victor Rebengiuc is subtle and strong in the skin of a character who may be very well, only a shadow. So, the scenes are slices of a way to read the existence. The hope and minor drama are mixed and the taste is , in same time, awful and melancholic. A world in which Don Quijote is mask for every Oblomov. In which the story of Abu -Hassan is present and the joy are only proves of cynic destiny. A film about fake success and empty universes. A description of the importance of image and the drama without bones. A film about pains of East in which the medals, relationships and feelings are accidents.
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