A sexually explicit, unflinching look at a turbulent romantic relationship over the course of a decade, from the director of Golden Bear winner Child's Pose (SFF 2013).
Toma and Ana meet while studying literature. During their first flirtation over a conversation about Nietzsche, Ana suffers a panic attack. Toma comforts and reassures her, setting a pattern for their tumultuous relationship. Despite parental disapproval and general mayhem, the two marry and have a child. Toma continues the role of carer, revelling in the control he has, but when Ana overcomes her fears, Toma is the one who's lost. The film moves back and forth in time, as through the counsel of a psychotherapist and even a priest, Toma tries to make sense of his world. With stunning, raw performances, Ana, Mon Amour is a rare cinematic love story of uncompromising realism.
Butică's fluid handheld camera once again reflects the emotions and mood of the people on screen, and the dialogue feels ultra-natural… Both leads deliver strong performances, though Cavallioti will likely take the lion's share of attention for the seamless way she moves from "normal" behavior to full panic-attack mode. – Jay Weissberg, Variety
Blends romantic drama with a study of mental illness and how it is overcome. Unfolding like a complex puzzle structured around Toma's psychoanalytical sessions, the narrative plunges into the past in a series of sustained flashbacks. Scenes from a complex marriage that reveal numerous connections to the repressed depths and taboos of Romanian society. – Berlinale
Călin Peter Netzer
Romania, Germany, France
Romanian and Russian with English subtitles
Călin Peter Netzer, Cezar Paul Bădescu, Iulia Lumânare, Călin Peter Netzer, Cezar Paul Bădescu, Iulia Lumânare
Călin Peter Netzer, Oana Iancu
Andrei Butică, Andrei Butică
Mircea Postelnicu, Diana Cavallioti, Carmen Tănase, Mircea Postelnicu, Diana Cavallioti, Carmen Tănase
Cinephile, Gender & Sexuality
World Sales: Beta Cinema