The film is an adaptation of a novel by Marin Preda, a controversial novelist who died during the Communist rule soon after the book was published. It tells the story of an intellectual, ... See full summary »
Out of enthusiasm, a Militia soldier abandons his platoon and decides to fight for the cause of the Revolution. His Lieutenant and the rest of the crew look for him during the confused night of 22-23 December 1989.
When the Soviet Army marched into Romania in 1944, a part of the Romanian population went "into the mountains" - a diverse assortment of nationalists and fascists, liberals, apolitical farmers and members of the middle-class, who were affected by the Communists' expropriations. Over a thousand armed resistance groups took refuge in the inaccessible forests of the Carpathian Mountains where they waited in vain for the support of the Western Allies. One of them was led by Ion Gavrila-Ogoranu, who managed to remain undetected until 1976 when he was arrested. This film depicts the daily existence of this group. It tells the story of a struggle that became an end in itself, as the enemy was constantly in pursuit and arrest meant torture and often liquidation. Hungry and emotionally withdrawn, the group of young men got entangled in a partisan war that could not be won, lost in the landscape of the South Carpathians, accompanied by a vigilant secret police, the Securitate. Written by
a testimony. this is its basic trait. an impressive proof about the force of history. a film about sacrifice for values. the theme is the most important challenge for director. because it is large and profound and subtle. because , except Memorialul durerii, does not exist a precedent to show the fight, the ideals and the sacrifice of few people, who, in the name of an ideal, fight against Comunist regime. but, ignoring the expectations, errors and good intentions, the film has a noble virtue - to be the first step to discover the truths of recent past. a form of exorcism. to remember, to show, to demonstrate, to maintain the image of a model alive. this is its basic purpose. and the motif to see it.
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