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Several comments: first and foremost, this is one tough father-daughter relationship drama. It breaks the heart to see the father (mis)treat his own daughter, without any love or apparent remorse or guilt. In that sense, kudos to Valentin Popescu in the thankless role of playing the dad. As you see him perform, it is hard to distinguish the unlikeable character from the brilliant performer. But the movie is carried on the shoulders of Dorotheea Petre, who absolutely will blow you away in the movie's title role. This was her very first starring role and I can't wait to see what other movies sh'e been in. Lastly, the movie does a great job in bringing us a sense of the isolation that exists still in many country-side communities in Eastern Europe. Lost of poverty, corruption and all-around tough environments to live in. This movie is MILES away from your standard Hollywood fare. But if you are in the mood for a quality foreign movie, you cannot go wrong with this. "Ryna" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
At sixteen, Ryna is trying to find herself, to pull away from the domineering father and live her own life. She takes photos when she can get away from her work, longs to go to the local fair, and secretly explores the world of feminine fashion, piercing her own ears and trying on dresses offered by the doctor's wife.
As a young woman, she is not without her admirers, including the mayor's unwanted attention. This eventually comes to a head when her drunk father puts his own business interests ahead of his daughter's safety.
This is a well-written, well-acted, well-photographed film. The subtitles -- the dialogue is mostly Romanian, with some French, depending on who is actually speaking -- are mostly pretty good; there are a few places where they are absent, apparently because there is just too much conversation going on, and a few places where they are displayed for just one or two frames, too short to read.
It portrays life in a rural, relatively undeveloped village. It's a reminder to those of us in modern society that not everyone has benefited from the advancements of technology and conveniences. At the same time, it's interesting to see how so little of the story really relies on that context; Ryna's experience could happen just as easily in the big city. In that sense, we see Ryna coming to terms with her approaching adulthood not just in a personal way, but also as she finds her way from the somewhat primitive lifestyle in her family home, to the rest of the world.
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The description says "French with English Subtitles". It's actually in Turkish.Published 6 months ago by Colin Lieberman
Like watching paint dry, I kept waiting for the story to start to develop but no luck. There must be a lot that didn't translate properly because too much didn't make sense, like... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bad Grandpa
A very moving and well acted movie. It started a little slowly but definitely picked up.Published 15 months ago by GS
I was so sorry for this girl. A psychopath for a father, and a weakling for a mother. What a terrible existence! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Yarica
Excellent depiction of gender and human issues for a rural Hungarian girl.Published 16 months ago by 9tin7t7
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A Chinese friend told me about a movie about Ciprian Porumbescu she really liked. He is considered one of the greatest Romanian composers, along with George Enescu (or Enesco in some versions). You may want to search for movies on Porumbescu.
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