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The enigmatic mayor of a deserted village somewhere in Romania commissions a small film crew specialised in unexplained paranormal phenomena to make a brief documentary on his village, just before the upcoming elections. Pretty soon, their hopes will be fulfilled, as the crew witness strange sightings of women dressed in black lurking in the ruins, and eerie apparitions of a creepy woman in white that send shivers down the spine. What grievous event deserted this once-peaceful and colourful village; moreover, did it have something to do with Stalin's death? But, above all, is the mayor hiding something?Written by
At about 1:19, the following is written: "Sa Întâmplat În România În Anului 1953." It literally means: "It Happened In Romania Of 1953." See more »
Ladies and gentlemen. As usual, we find ourselves in a strange place. There was a village here before it was swept off by the communists. This factory was built in its place. But it's not the factory that interests us. We want to uncover the story behind the disappearance of this village.
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An incredible tragicomedy, which brings tears into one's eyes, both of laughter and grief.
The film appeals to the whole set of emotions a person can feel. It embraces the Romanian spirit into its smallest details and its deepest inherent leitmotifs, from the town's mute to the town's whore, from the typical Romanian town saloon to the typical Romanian wedding. Sudden transitions from funny situations to tragic ones and back to comical throughout the film give you a roller-coaster sensation. And all this is 'garnished' with apparitions of death represented as a bride, inserted in the most discreet way possible. These apparitions are the only clue that you receive about the ending. And you don't need more.
All I can say is this film made me proud of Romanian cinematography.
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