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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Klevis Bega ...
Branko
Olta Gixhari ...
Sara
Niko Kanxheri ...
Dr. Sokrat
Vasil Goda ...
Sherif
Pano Aliu ...
Gjergji
Jonida Shehu ...
The Journalist
Elidon Alikaj ...
The Waiter
Anxhela Cikopano ...
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Aljonka Aliu ...
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Odeta Cunaj ...
Beauty Salon Girl
Laura Baholli ...
Little Girl
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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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