Bulgarian director Ilian Metev’s narrative feature debut is a totally absorbing slice-of-life drama bursting with vibrancy, sweetness and life.
Piano student Mila (Mila Mihova) is one summer and one audition away from moving to Germany to study, leaving behind her precocious younger brother Niki (Nikolay Mashalov) and their detached father Todor (Todor Veltchev), an astrophysicist.
The family dynamics gradually come into focus in several conversational sequences, often featuring walking and talking. Metev and cinematographer Julian Atanassov film the non-professional cast in couplets framed in a 4:3 aspect ratio, centering one person or blocking out the other in an effect tantamount to in-camera editing that gives 3/4 a brisk and airy pace, but also a quiet sense of alienation and loss.
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