The story of two teenagers who discover themselves - and one another - on a week long summer trip to Slovakia.

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Hallie Switzer ...
Lina
Hugh Mater ...
Tyler
Alexander Gammal ...
Leco
Cyril Dugovic ...
Cousin Cirko
Elena Dugovicova ...
Aunt Elenka
Marta Dugovicova ...
Aunt Marta
Branislav Dugovic ...
Cousin Branko
Eva Mikytova ...
Eva
Katka Pavlikova ...
Katka
Jan Dugovic ...
Uncle Janko
Mathieu Chesneau ...
Magician
Jozefina Ochabova ...
Great Aunt Josefa
Martin Dugovic ...
Cousin Martin
Mark Holec ...
Mark
Laura Slavikova ...
Cousin Laura
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Storyline

Lina is 17 years old and lives in Toronto with her mother. For one week during the summer holidays she plans to visit her extended family in Modra, a small town in Slovakia. When Lina is dumped by her boyfriend she invites Leco instead, a cute boy from school. Not long after arriving in Modra, Lina and Leco discover they have little in common. To make matters worse, Lina's family mistakenly assumes that a romance is afoot, setting off a chain reaction which leads to an explosion of repressed desire and confusion. Featuring performances by newcomers Hallie Switzer and Alexander Gammal, MODRA is a journey into the heightened emotional chaos of two teenagers, a time when adulthood has not yet arrived, but childhood seems to have already long vanished. Written by Ingrid Veninger

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Sometimes you have to leave home, to find out where you're from.

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Drama | Family | Romance

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Features a cast of first time actors most of whom are the director's immediate or distant family. See more »

Quotes

Leco: I'm never gonna forget this week.
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Followed by I am a Good Person/I Am a Bad Person (2011) See more »

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BUJON
by Midi Lidi
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Beautifully told story of teenage exploration of self
10 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

This film by Canadian film-maker Ingrid Veninger is a first-rate depiction of teenage emotions and behaviour, beautifully set in the small Slovakian town of Modra. The director may have taken advantage of family members to save costs, but there was no adverse affect on the quality of the acting, especially with the female lead, Hallie Switzer (the director's daughter).

The film accurately and poignantly portrays the impulsiveness - and the sometimes cruelty - of teenage emotions. Never cliché, the plot at all times comes across as plausible and very real. It brought back for me the excruciating and exhilarating moments of self-discovery, especially the painful ones of immature behaviour. This is no John Hughes story of teenagers.

And the use of the European setting of Modra brought an added dimension to the story. So often a foreign location is used merely as a plot device to get characters out of their home environment, but in this case the town of Modra and its inhabitants added complexity and an authenticity to the story.

I first saw the film in 2010 and recently watched the film for a second time. Modra is worth repeat screenings!


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