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When a flood strikes Costache's village in Romania, his wife Maria and all of their possessions are swept away. Now in a village shelter, Costache refuses to sell his land and move onward. He has plans to re-build and refuses help and advice from his neighbors. The village is all he has left, except for an estranged son now living in Tokyo. But when his son Ticu hears of his mother's death and father's plight, he arrives unexpectedly with his Japanese wife and son to bring Costache back home with him. This will not be simple. Ticu fled Romania with many issues left unresolved, the biggest being his relationship with his father. Now there is a whole new family for Costache to deal with, old scores to settle, and painful goodbyes to say. Written by
Cleveland International Film Festival
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The Edinburgh International Film Festival brochure pointed out how similar this film is to the work of the great Ozu; in its quietness and framing. A slowly paced film, with a focus on character and the small interactions and motions that are part of everyday life. Although the poster shows both father and son, the film is focused on the father, Costache, played with tender stubbornness Rebengiuc.
Opening slowly as Costache, doesn't so much rebuild his life, he just gets on with things, after a flood has destroyed his home. It feels as though the film will increase in drama as the story of his estranged son emerges, but the return of his son and his family is handled with such care, that the film is able to become a gentler study of restrained paternal relationships. Any initial misconception that Costache is unable to connect emotionally to others is refuted as he embraces his new role as grandfather.
Jurgiu depicts Costache's village life without resorting to any clichés or easy comedic targets and finds the same sort of beauty in interiors and quiet streets as Ozu could. It may sound as if this film isn't really about anything in particular and to a certain extent that is true, but it more that makes up for that in its sincerity and heart.
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