Morgen (2010) - Marian Crisan
Nelu, lives a simple life with his wife in Salonta, a small town on the Romania-Hungary border. Nelu is a quiet man, working as a security guard at a local supermarket for money. Stressed by repairs which need to be done to the roof of his home, which his wife constantly reminds him about, Nelu's one place of solace is his fishing escapades in the mornings. One morning while fishing, Nelu finds a Turkish man attempting to cross the border. Not able to communicate to each other, the two men begin to understand each other, striking up an unlikely relationship between the two men. Marian Crisan's Morgen is a very simple story about one mans decision to do what is right. Facing opposition from his wife and friends around town, Nelu becomes more and more determined to help this man find his way to his family Very simplistic in its photography, the film is very naturalistic showing the day to day, slice of Romanian life. The one exception being how the cinematography captures this Turkish man in a handheld, shaky camera, capturing the uncertainty and chaotic nature of this man being somewhere he doesn't understand. While compelling on subject matter alone, the film never grabs the viewer much emotionally, creating a good warning to the viewer about never taking freedom for granted, but ultimately failing to achieve as much emotional impact as it could have.
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