Western ★★★

54/100

Hoping to take a second look at this late in the festival, as I felt my ignorance about Bulgaria's history of German occupation getting in the way, plus I may have been drifting in and out of consciousness at certain points (always a problem on Day One, as I fly LAX --> YYZ on the red-eye and rarely get much sleep). Should that not work out, though, I can only shrug and say that I admired Grisebach's intentions from a great emotional remove, as if watching an adaptation of her graduate thesis. Not what I expected from the director of Be My Star (never saw Longing), which I dimly recall as almost quivering before your eyes.