Drama - Completed 2009

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 18 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Razvan SAVESCU
    • Writer(s)
    • Oana IOACHIM
    • Producer(s)
    • Ada SOLOMON (HiFilm Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • Robert, 35 years old and his daughter, Ioana, 7 years old, leave on Christmas Eve morning from Braila train station to Bucharest. Robert has to take a jar of black caviar to Mrs. Zina, a rich lady, the owner of a modeling agency, who lives in a luxury neighbourhood in the capital. Robert lives off this trade with caviar. This time, he takes Ioana with him too, as it is the girl’s first time in Bucharest and she really wants a puppy, a Maltese. Robert promises her one for Christmas, they’re going to get it from Carrefour. Ioana is very excited about the double event: she has a chance to go to Carrefour and also gets a puppy. Robert is so thoughtful with her because, apart from the fact that Ioana is a great kid who deserves this present, they’ve recently had to deal with something terrible: the death of Ioana’s mother. It’s a subject that Ioana refuses to discuss, she’s rather an introvert. Robert is now going through a moment of crisis, as he is faced with the fact that he is both a mother and a father to the girl. He only wishes the best for Ioana, but as it has not been long since the tragedy, he doesn’t judge the situation too clearly and acts accordingly. The good that he wants for Ioana is not necessarily the best thing for her, but it’s clear that he doesn’t realise that. He’s heard about a modeling school for children in Braila and he wants to sign Ioana up, thinking that it is a way to deal with the girl’s shyness. Besides, Ioana is talented. She was very good at the school festivity. This is why he insists, as they reach Mrs. Zina’s house, that the girl perform a small artistic act. Ioana refuses, but Robert doesn’t give up. His fatherly pride is at stake. Ioana, who doesn’t want to be a model or an actress, but a vet, indulges Robert just to get out of the embarrasing situation they are in. Mrs. Zina politely watches the show, but she has her own problems she has to deal with: the Christmas party is about to be cancelled because of the quarrels with her husband.
      Heading towards Carrefour, at the end of the film, is a false happy ending, because the whole thing leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Even if Robert loves Ioana to death and thinks he is doing the right thing, in a world in which values are completely upside down, how innocent and excusable his attitude is? Or how dangerous? The film makes no judgements, it simply narrates. No verdicts are given. It leaves you with the choice. Still, one thing is certain: there is a very strong relationship between father and daughter, amplified by the death of the mother, and the love that binds them will help them know each other better and overcome the involuntary mistakes, which are possible in a world that’s both confused and confusing.