Metronom

Directed by Alexandru Belc
Romania2022
Monday, 7 November 22 - 2:00pm
@ Cineworld
Too Late!

Appearances can deceive, and Romanian director Alexandru Belc's excellent first film is a fine example of the bait-and-switch.

It starts out with Ana, a somewhat self-absorbed 1970s Bucharest schoolgirl, going through very relatable pangs of teenage romantic disappointment when her boyfriend announces he and his family are soon to leave the country. But quickly, and as relentlessly as the timekeeping device of the title, Metronom matures into a much broader commentary on the rise of authoritarianism, once Ana and her friends fall foul of Ceaucescu's secret police for the "crime" of writing a fan letter to their favourite Radio Free Europe DJ. In elegant, rich, warm-toned cinematography, the movie looks with new eyes on the clever cruelty of a totalitarian regime as it invade the private sphere, and turns a younger generation naturally inclined to rebellion, toward tacit complicity.

Showings

Monday, 7 November 2022 - 2:00pm @ Cineworld