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Priveste înainte cu mânie / Look Forward in Anger (1993)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 30, 2011

I have always considered that sharing with foreigners documentaries about Romanian realities is an act which helps me understand better my own culture by watching their reactions to the Romanian content.

This is not a documentary. It is a fictional story, inspired by reality. Considering this Romanian picture was done about two decades ago, I would say that everything the trailer says is true: it is a film about current day Romania. The profetic nature of the film lays in its first 5 minutes. This is one of the films that any foreigner should see in order to understand what happened to Romania after the 1989 Revolution.

Starting from the drama in the small universe of a family, extending it to the whole city and then to the whole nation, the structure is very powerful. Here we have all the typical characters, but not in a stereotypical manner. They make sense and they do create rage.

The magistral ending tells the story of those who cannot tell their story. Their story, the drama of the survival is only to common for those who are already half dead inside.

I remember I was watching with a friend of mine from Belgium Alexandru Solomon’s Kapitalism, and she was surprised to find out some things which seemed very natural for me.

My rating: 8 / 10 (Masterpiece)

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