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Waiting for August (2014)

Waiting for August (2014)

WEB-DL | MKV | 1280 x 720 | AVC @ 2872 Kbps | 88 min | 1.85 Gb
Audio: Romanian AAC 2.0 @ 130 Kbps | Subs: English (HardCoded)
Genre: Documentary, Family | Romania


Georgiana is turning fifteen this winter. She lives with her six siblings in a social housing condo on the outskirts of Bacau (Romania). Their mother Liliana, an economic migrant in Torino, will not be back till the summer. During mother's absence, Georgiana is catapulted to the role of new head of the family. Her adolescence is brutally cut short, when she becomes responsible for her brothers and sisters. Caught between puberty and responsibilities, she moves ahead improvising. Phone conversations with her Mom are her only guidelines. Intimate scenes from the daily life of Georgiana and her siblings will show us-uncensored, in fly-on-the-wall style- how real events are experienced and interpreted with great imagination by these children. One is bound to be amazed by their great ingenuity, while also realizing how fragile their daily balance is.
Director: Teodora Mihai
Writer: Teodora Mihai
Actors: N/A
Rated: N/A
Runtime: 88 min

Before turning fifteen, Georgiana has already taken on the role of mother, caretaker and guardian to her six brothers and sisters with whom she shares a flat on the outskirts of Bacau. Their mother works in Italy, where many Romanians feel they can make more to provide for their offspring, and only comes back every August. Until then, she Skypes from Italy, contributes advice in case of crisis, and sends Easter gifts, while Georgiana plays the role of the mother and tries to cope with homework and high school entrance exam preparation.

The premise of Teodora Ana Mihai's film is not particularly optiĀ­mistic, but her perceptive, sometimes painfully intimate fly-on the-wall technique plays a crucial role in turning the somehow familiar story of the children left to fend for themselves into a remarkable debut in documentary filmmaking. Mihai captures with sensitivity the combination of courage and ingenuity put by Georgiana in the management of her daily chores, as well as the domestic minutiae of a household where the TV is always on, the boys are hooked on video-games, and yet Georgiana and a younger sister seem to keep everything going - in spite of having a 17-year old brother who could have taken the pressures of adulthood off his siblings: a revealing detail which points to the gendered distribution of work in this and in many other Romanian households.

Waiting for August (2014)

Waiting for August (2014)

Waiting for August (2014)

Waiting for August (2014)

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