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Actor Musevsky a Double Hit at EIFF

Slovenian actor Peter Musevsky demonstrates immense versatility at EIFF 2006 with a blackly comic performance in Labour Equals Freedom, the antithesis of the measured understatement he displays in Tun...

Slovenian actor Peter Musevsky demonstrates immense versatility at EIFF 2006 with a blackly comic performance in Labour Equals Freedom, the antithesis of the measured understatement he displays in Tuning.

Muševsky plays Pero, a forty-something, machinist who is unemployed and unemployable, in a Slovenia recently integrated into the EU. His wife (Natasa Barbara Gracner), unimpressed with his mid-life crisis, is conducting an affair and leaves him. Pero’s spiralling depression results in a bungled suicide attempt, which is interrupted by his attractive neighbour (Manca Dorrer). Will she offer redemption?

It seems that Muševsky posses the rarely seen ability to transform an ‘everyman’ persona into an absorbing character. His turn here as a menopausal male is terrific, his resignation and self-pity is delivered with darkly comic overtones. For a man in a funk he provides plenty of amusement, no more so than in the farcical suicide attempt.

Director Damjan Kozole’s sixth feature is the equal of his 2003 EIFF hit Spare Parts and, although made for TV, is polished and cinematic. Like Spare Parts it has a political message, delivering a sharp criticism of the economic impact of Slovenia’s entry into the EU.

Partnered with Tuning, Labour Equals Freedom offers an insight into a Balkan state in transition, a nation whose cinematic output is increasingly impressive.

Labour Equals Freedom is showing on 21 and 22 August at Filmhouse.

 

 

 

 
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