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Modra (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Romance | 2010 (Brazil)
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The story of two teenagers who discover themselves - and one another - on a week long summer trip to Slovakia.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hallie Switzer ... Lina
Hugh Mater ... Tyler
Alexander Gammal ... Leco
Cyril Dugovic ... Cousin Cirko
Elena Dugovicova ... Aunt Elenka
Marta Dugovicova ... Aunt Marta
Branislav Dugovic ... Cousin Branko
Eva Mikytova ... Eva
Katka Pavlikova ... Katka
Jan Dugovic ... Uncle Janko
Mathieu Chesneau ... Magician
Jozefina Ochabova ... Great Aunt Josefa
Martin Dugovic ... Cousin Martin
Mark Holec ... Mark
Laura Slavikova ... Cousin Laura


Lina is 17 years old and lives in Toronto with her mother. For one week during the summer holidays she plans to visit her extended family in Modra, a small town in Slovakia. When Lina is dumped by her boyfriend she invites Leco instead, a cute boy from school. Not long after arriving in Modra, Lina and Leco discover they have little in common. To make matters worse, Lina's family mistakenly assumes that a romance is afoot, setting off a chain reaction which leads to an explosion of repressed desire and confusion. Featuring performances by newcomers Hallie Switzer and Alexander Gammal, MODRA is a journey into the heightened emotional chaos of two teenagers, a time when adulthood has not yet arrived, but childhood seems to have already long vanished. Written by Ingrid Veninger

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Sometimes you have to leave home, to find out where you're from.


Drama | Family | Romance


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The lead actress Hallie Switzer is the daughter of the film's director Ingrid Veninger. See more »


Leco: I'm never gonna forget this week.
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Followed by I am a Good Person/I Am a Bad Person (2011) See more »


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Dull material makes for a dull film
15 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

The film relates how these two teenagers, Lena and Leco, arrive from Toronto, Canada, in semi-rural Slovakia and it follows their interactions with the locals including Lena's relatives - and Leco's first ever experience of European culture. The couple is not 'an item' - Lena asked Leco to come at the last minute because her boyfriend had just ditched her and she had a spare ticket (they must have been lucky because I have never been able to switch the name on a bargain ticket!).

The depiction of life in Slovakia seems pretty authentic and moderately interesting. It's not very colourful but the local characters are natural and not exaggerated (as with your 'stage' Italian or Irishman with lots of Mamma Mias and Begorrahs!). The cinematography is sound if rather uninspired - but the Bratislava area is not all that scenic in any case and we witness a truthful depiction of a "Europeanized" modern former Communist country - drab still, but picking up. Nobody seems to comment on Lena's nose-ring which is believable.

My problem with this movie is with the characterizations - we discover hardly anything about Lena, she is totally dull and empty throughout and if this film is aiming to depict the lives of dull people, then it does a great job. The question then becomes was it worthwhile doing when you are probably going to bore the heck out of your audience? Leco is a bit more interesting and seems to be much better mannered than your average seventeen year old - his reaction to this new culture is of some interest and is believable.

My opinion is that the director chose to work with some pretty boring characters and in so doing was bound to produce a dull film - it would have taken a phenomenal talent to breathe much life into this story.

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