New Perspectives / UK premiere

The Japanese Dog (Câinele Japonez)

  • Tudor Cristian Jurgiu /
  • Romania /
  • 2013 /
  • 85 mins

Victor Rebengiuc, Serban Pavlu, Laurentiu Lazar, Kana Hashimoto, Toma Hashimoto, Iona Abur, Alexandrina Halic, Toma Cuzin / Fiction / Romanian

The spirit of Ozu visits new Romanian cinema in a deeply heartfelt, minimalistic family drama.

In rural southern Romania, after a devastating flood and the loss of his beloved wife, 80-year-old Costache stoically tries to rebuild his life from scratch. The unexpected visit of his estranged son, together with the latter's Japanese wife and son, will shake his lonely everyday life. Featuring an impeccably delicate performance by Victor Rebengiuc, a veteran of Romanian cinema, and avoiding the traps of melodrama, newcomer Tudor Cristian Jurgiu offers an elliptical, touching meditation on loss, loneliness and regeneration. [12A]

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