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Apocalyptic snow. Communist Romania. Late November 1989. K, the protagonist is a charismatic and versatile 12 grade student, but he has a problem : K is the worst Latin student since the times of Roman colonisation in 106AD. The most famous, iconic and larger than life Roman poet, - Publius Ovidius Naso - exiled 2000 years ago to the desolate shores of the Black sea in current day Romania 'shows up' and proposes K a providential yet tough to fulfil deal : to elucidate the greatest local enigma - why was Ovid exiled from Rome to an obscure Roman outpost on the Black sea ? - in exchange for the protagonist helping Ovid to outwit the Roman garrison in Constanta and make a secret return to Rome.
The seventh art or muse Clio herself came closer to the viewer to untangle both the strings of some elusive ancient stories that have still kept away the reasons why Ovid was forced to leave Rome for some cold and remote place on The Black Sea Coast and also a young romance sprung mostly from our 'K' – a high school teenager who seems to dance on the rhymes of Ars Amandi. Two separate realities emerge and are very similar for us though initially felt different for 'K' – Rome in Augustus' time could not resemble Romania in the late Communism era yet both were engaged in oppressive actions for controlling their people. Thus, beautifully combined, history and art portray a short span in the life of an adolescent who albeit poor at Latin finds help from an imaginary Ovid who tutors him to unravel the mystery of why the poet had been removed from Rome and succeeds in doing the homework being later unexpectedly commended by the teacher. This short film is humorously speckled with a three- bloke gang, an allusion to a famous concubine in the city of Constanta from the 80's and the petty slang of those days and all these are not far etching from what we remember. Again, the poet akin to the Roman gentry finds the society in this contemporary city of Tomis a clear match for the ruthlessness of the Ancient Empire. Ovid must have desperately needed a way back to Rome but found none while 'K' managed to flee away from communism and won his freedom.
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