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'Sing' is a childhood drama with a lot of music, set in 1990s Budapest, Hungary. Inspired by a true story, it follows an award winning school choir and the new girl in class who just might uncover the ugly secret behind their fame.
A year ago Ernella, Albert and their 10 year old daughter, Laura, left the country for a better life. They haven't managed to succeed in Scotland, so they came back. In the middle of the night they turn up at Eszter's place, the sister of Ernella. Eszter, her husband Farkas and their 5-year-old son, Bruno, live in better circumstances than Ernella's family, who struggle with serious financial problems. The two families have never been in real harmony with each other and only Eszter's family can feel that. Ernella's family loves to be at Eszter's, although they can't agree on anything. The question is, how the two families are able to get along with each other at Eszter's sublet and for how long?Written by
The well deserved winner of the 2016 Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the biggest east- European film festival. One of the best films of the year.
It's a private study of a couple's problems, the filmmaker himself, starting with their son who behaves erratically, his wife trying to escape the marriage, and it happens it gets dramatic as the wife's sister with her husband and daughter take shelter in their apartment. But unlike in real life external drama does not increase the conflicts, it rather enables lot of possibilities for external evaluation and discussions.
What makes the movie outstanding is besides the positive humanism the outstanding camera work. Despite being a almost low-budget intimate "kitchen-sink drama", which was initially written as a theater project, played by the real family members and friends, Szabolcs Hajdu's camera students from the university change roles in resolving scene by scene, with overall 13 credited directors of photography. You completely have to disguise all your misconceptions of the master of the camera. More people see much more, the perspectives are constantly changing. It reminds a bit on Kurosawa Kiyoshi's excellent student project "Barren Illusions".
I'm not too fond of the too American, soft ending, as in too many similar SXSW movies. I would have preferred a Romanian ending. But I have to admit, it fits the narrative better, even if if might hurt foreign sales.
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