Great acting, incredible tension, an atmosphere you can taste, and an amazing slice of what being a woman in a man's world is like, especially in a historically oppressing setting; however, there's a stench of showmanship that I can't shake.
Looking down the barrel of the gun at the end made me drop a star out of principle alone.
If you make a film this realistic/absorbing and finish it off with a glance at the weapon that shot the thing, it screams juvenile filmmaking to me.
Not sure when I'll see this one again, but hopefully whenever that is, I can accept how cringworthingly, stupid the mother to be is.
Some people just don't deserve friends, especially one such as our guide through 1987 Romania, and she's one of them.