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Modra (2010)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hallie Switzer ...
Hugh Mater ...
Alexander Gammal ...
Cyril Dugovic ...
Cousin Cirko
Elena Dugovicova ...
Aunt Elenka
Marta Dugovicova ...
Aunt Marta
Branislav Dugovic ...
Cousin Branko
Eva Mikytova ...
Katka Pavlikova ...
Jan Dugovic ...
Uncle Janko
Mathieu Chesneau ...
Jozefina Ochabova ...
Great Aunt Josefa
Martin Dugovic ...
Cousin Martin
Mark Holec ...
Laura Slavikova ...
Cousin Laura


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.


Drama | Family | Romance


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The lead actress Hallie Switzer is the daughter of the film's director Ingrid Veninger. See more »


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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Does not mean "blue"
22 February 2013 | by (Slovakia) – See all my reviews

I'm from Slovakia so I was kind of intrigued to see this film, only to be very much let down it the end. I'm sad to say this but the film is too amateurish and direction-less to work on any meaningful level, even in the context of "indie cinema".

The best part of the movie is the introductory dialog ("It's SloVAKIA, a@@hole!") and then it all just goes downhill from there.

My beefs, in no particular order:

  • the female lead is truly vacuous and quite unattractive; hard to buy

the male protagonist, a handsome guy, is so desperate and friend-less as to even have her on a list of "go-to" friends

  • the story is boring and frustratingly unfocused at the same time,

what with the 2 bored Canadian teenagers wavering on and off in their quasi-relationship (or whatever you call that)? In the end you just feel you wasted 80 minutes of your life waiting for anything interesting to happen, and it never did and nothing was resolved either

  • editing is amateur hour at best. WTF is up with the mugshots of

Slovak faces that permeate the movie? Also, as a native speaker, I could hear some SK dialog that was often out of place and did no fit the scene at all

  • direction is almost nonexistent, the Slovak "actors" have obviously

never stood before a film camera and their performances were truly terrible. The English teacher, although being the one with the only passable English from the SK cast, takes the crown here.

  • I take it the director did not bother to break down the communication

barrier too much and instead just let the film roll, feeling all warm and fuzzy to (I presume) be recreating whatever nice SK experiences she might have had in the past, while everybody in the cast was feeling awkward? Really, for somebody who's lived here all his life, watching most of the SK scenes made me cringe because the people were not really acting like they would naturally and normally do - instead, they were very obviously uncomfortable in front of the camera.

  • Many scenes felt like a "Slovakia digest" of sorts, with cultural

details and references crammed in and/or skimmed over, without truly exploring their potential.

  • in spite of what the film makes you believe, Modra does not translate

to "blue" in English

  • in spite of what the film makes you believe, young people in SK will

seldom drink wine in pubs - they will instead opt for a stronger beverage or beer, especially in the summer :)

  • while Modra as a place is a nice little town, it can be experienced

in one afternoon. Surely the locals would have taken the CA visitors to other places in Slovakia, to fill their time, instead of leaving them to their own devices among this single town? The capital city Bratislava is a 30-minute drive from Modra... hello?

3/10 for this effort

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