"Somewhere in Palilula" tells the story of Serafim, a fresh graduate of a medical school, in 60's Romania. He is brought by destiny to the strange town of Palilula. Nowhere, that is. ...
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"Somewhere in Palilula" tells the story of Serafim, a fresh graduate of a medical school, in 60's Romania. He is brought by destiny to the strange town of Palilula. Nowhere, that is. Palilula is a ghost town, lost in the middle of the Wallachia. A quarantine area, a sanatorium, an improbable hospital, a gynecological clinic in a settlement where no child is born. A small community of fools, lazies, sluts, vagabonds with angel's hearts is living under the sun in a sweet innocent unconsciousness. A community of Romanians who forgot their language, but not the nostalgia of their traditional music. Romanians with Danubian taste and disorientation. The young doctor Serafim will not get to practice his profession in this childless town. He will be drowning in the sweet and poisoned honey of the place, like a fly caught by a frog.Written by
Director's statement by Silviu Purcarete: "Palilula is nowhere, but everywhere. Palilula is a small island in the centre of the Vallachian plain, made of the dust of a distant planet. Over there, the physical laws of the Earth are not as rigorous as they normally are. Over there, one can never know if people lie, dream or really live. As in The Exterminating Angel (1962), one can enter Palilula, but can never leave." See more »
a film who preserves each line of director theatrical experience. grotesque, supra-realism, crumbs of kitsch, fragility of characters, strange balls of joy. result - an experience. because the images, the music and acting gives form to a large show of broken shadows and explosions of imagination. and it is not really a surprise. Romania is a door to Balkans. it can be , in fact, a brick of this zone. Romania is, in same measure, the motherland of Anton Pann, Tristan Tzara, Urmuz,Ion Barbu, Eugene Ionesco, Cioran and Caragiale ( Ion Luca and Mateiu ). this film reflects this fact. and the manner is seductive, naive and convincing. Palilula and doctor Seraphim as last its sign, the veil of myth and never ending leisure, the air of theater and the characters - shadows of spirits, the fall, each is piece of an universe who reflects the present of a country at middle of all temptations.
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