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ARTS & LEISURE

Movies opening on screens

Genova (USA 2009)

Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
With: Catherine Keener, Colin Firth
Shown at: Hollywood Multiplex


Director Michael Winter­bottom is one of the most surprising in recent movie history, he has tackled all genres and looked at various ways of storytelling. He has now made a tender and touching film about a widowed university lecturer (Colin Firth) and his daughters leaving Chicago to spend a year in Genoa. They’re recovering in the Italian sun from the death of a much-loved wife and mother in a car crash. Genoa, with its gorgeous beaches, bustling port, sinister old town, handsome modern buildings and baroque churches, is a suitably therapeutic setting. In mood and attention to detail, the film brings the work of director Eric Roh­mer to mind. Good performances and a soft and luminous storytelling make this a quite enjoyable, yet not for blockbuster fans treatment.

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Wedding in Basarabia (Romania 2009)

Directed by: Napoleon Helmis
With: Vlad Logigan, Victoria Bobu
Showing at: Movieplex Cinema Plaza, Holly­wood Multiplex, Pea­sant Museum Cinema, Patria, Baneasa Drive-In


With several participations and a jury prize in international festivals, this is a pleasant, simple film telling a very modern and Eu­ro­pean tale. It looks at a Moldovan couple who are heading back to Basarabia to have a big family wedding. The couple, like many young ones in present day and in this part of the world, are facing financial issues and putting their hopes on the money they will get from all the relatives back home, as wedding gift, to start from there and build a family life. Much happens at weddings, old flames, a baggage of the past… perhaps one has to know a little about the multi-layered history of the region to fully appreciate it all. Otherwise, this is a high-calibre film that celebrates joy of living, and humanity and craftily puts at work the socio-political complexities.

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