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The essence of the movie is not where the author has claimed it
The movie is intended, as the director declared, not as a bedtime story for kids, but as a waking up story for parents. That doesn't work. One thing, because the movie is mainly addressed to the 16-24 demographic range. Another thing, because it is only intended, the way it's filmed, as a child's play, as a commercial movie, which it is. Therefore, it's less likely the parents will resonate with the film's message. Third, because it is not the film of a generation, as does the groundbreaking Romanian research "Leo Youth II" (2008) shows. The best, Mira and Laura can be considered as representatives for suburban rebels category. This is by no means a movie which defines a generation and I think Dan Chisu should take a good look in the dictionary or on some studies before opening his mouth on making cataloging judgments on Romanian society (this is not the only thing on which he opens up his mouth before thinking of the choice of words).
The worst and the most offending claim which really proved to me Dan Chisu not only doesn't have the minimal good sense of doing some research, but actually doesn't know on which planet he lives on, is the claim made in this interview . I would invite Dan Chisu on some of the Bucharest great monasteries (Like Antim or Radu Voda ), right in the middle of the city, during fasting periods, especially closer to Easter or to Christmas, to see how many people come to confession and how busy the priests' schedule is during these times. Just because he is not going to church anymore, it doesn't mean the Church doesn't exist anymore, therefore must be replaced with Youtube. There is one thing that Dan Chisu is an atheist, it's totally another one when he doesn't use his brain to think. The affirmation is preposterous, as a PR advice for The Romanian Orthodox Church, he should get anathematized.
"Website story" is supposed to be a hint to the classical music-hall "West Side Story". But it's not. The nearest hint to a "Romeo + Juliet" story you can find in the film is that Laura gets slapped by her father in the backstage for rehearsing "Romeo and Juliet". The music, provided pro-bono by Marius Moga and Dalia Pusca is rather adding a shallow component to what else is a dramatic story, therefore minimizing the impact of the message.
Even though commercial and schematic, the movie does build a case for itself. Witheout very well knowing what he's doing, Dan Chisu makes a bet which he wins. In the end, he does deliver, besides a flashy story about disturbed children, a film about children psychologically abandoned by their parents. I think even if you won't like the actors' play or the flashy style or the other things I have mentioned until now, I consider it is a film worth to be seen, and talked about, even if only the end question of the movie, launched rather as a challenge to think about: did the main character do a good deed or a wrong deed?
This is where the movie ends. I would rather say, this is where the movie should have begun. But for what it is intended, the film surprises. Even though Dan Chisu seems not to notice it, this story is not an internet-driven film. It isn't even a film about technology, as it may make you think. It is a good psychological look on the relationships between rich parents and neglected kids, about justice and the desire for connection and communication.There is a really dramatic side to this situation, which the movie actually takes in very well: short, incentive, cut-to-the-chase. We have a real moral dilemma. In Romania, the only justice Laura's character can hope for is, as the boyfriend's character suggests, is that from Heaven, and not any legal justice. So, when there is actually no justice to be served by an actual institution, how wrongfully can it be to make justice for oneself?
The artistic value
This is, in my opinion, an obvious case of a creator having a good product, but doesn't know which are the product's true values. Here lies the lack of communication between screen writing and marketing, and not only, but more. The Romanian movies, said Marcel Iures in an interview to ProCinema in 1997, are used to showing a lot of unmeaningful events which waste the viewer's time and don't tell anything. The only Romanian film director which actually uses that to his advantage as a style, in my opinion, is Corneliu Porumboiu. Judging it next to what cinema is supposed to be like, "Website story" is a poor film.
The good actors in the film don't have a lot to say because of the poor script and the consistent part of Laura, the main character, is too heavy to be played by Crina Semciuc, the UNITER awarded actress known for the film viewers only from the "One step forward" series (some sort of Romanian Milla Jovovich). The actress plays the character too hysterically and without nuances. I don't know if that is because Dan Chisu is a terrible film director or if she lakes preparation or motivation to act. I guess time will tell.
In the end, the movie tells a story of a crime that goes not only unpunished, but also promoted. What is the kind of message the adolescents will really get? Will Dan Chisu's film add a brick to moral construction or de-construction of young people's conscience?