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Another movie that played at the Berlin International Festival this year, this feels a lot like a documentary. The reality of it all does strike you early on. Like with other movies you can see more than the characters involved. In this case, you literally can see more. The acting is superb, which is not an easy task for the cast to pull off.
The story itself is not difficult to follow, but the drama that unfolds will either engulf you and keep you entangled with it all, or you will be annoyed by it. The acting as said before is not to be fault here though, this just might not be your type of movie. This is a slow burner and very character driven. Actually mostly character driven, with not many other highlights. Still the world that is portrayed is fascinating and sad at the same time ...
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