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In Joni Shanaj's multi-layered debut, a young man returns from his studies in the US, only to fall in love with a mysterious blonde nurse who might be his physician father's lover. ... See full summary »

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Olta Gixhari ...
Sara
Vasil Goda ...
Sherifi
Klevis Bega ...
Branko
Niko Kanxheri ...
Dr. Sokrat
Pano Aliu ...
Gjergji
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In Joni Shanaj's multi-layered debut, a young man returns from his studies in the US, only to fall in love with a mysterious blonde nurse who might be his physician father's lover. Conspiracy thriller meets doomed romance, over a Hitchcockian blonde on whom its male characters project both their worst fears and desires. A brilliant study in people hurtling towards destruction. Written by EEFF, London.

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11 April 2012 (Albania)  »

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The official entry of Albania to the Best Foreign Language Film of the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »

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15 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

A first feature and a Masterpiece - SIGHT & SOUND, Mark Cousins

In Joni Shanaj's multi-layered debut, a young man returns from his studies in the US, only to fall in love with a mysterious blonde nurse who might be his physician father's lover. Conspiracy thriller meets doomed romance, over a Hitchcockian blonde on whom its male characters project both their worst fears and desires. A brilliant study in people hurtling towards destruction - EEFF, London

Branko, a melancholy young man, has returned to his native country after studying abroad. He now runs a drugstore in a desolate suburb outside Tirana. Most things in his life, including the drugstore, are owned by his father Dr. Sokrat, a highly respected cancer specialist. Branko is shaken out of his rut when he meets Sara, a nurse who also turns out be dependent on Sokrat. Pharmakon is an assured debut about father-son conflict. Branko's quest for solid truths also makes the film a coming of age story and even though Shanaj eschews political lecturing, it is obvious that the cynical, patriarchal system Branko is fighting on a personal level also symbolizes corruption, power hunger and generational strife in Albanian society at large. Albania's Oscar entry - GÖTEBORG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Johan Blomqvist


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