May 25, 2013

Domestic (2012)

Domestic (2012)
Directed by: Adrian Sitaru
Country: Romania

Review: “Domestic” is a Romanian comedy with touches of drama, which tries to create funny scenarios of homely coexistence between people and animals. Divided in two different parts that I couldn’t differentiate in terms of relevance and interest, the film is a muddle of parents-sons relationships, collected animals, law matters, reconciliations, death, and many unconnected dialogues among family members, which involve UFO’s, technology, tourism, religious matters, odd dreams, and many more. Sitaru’s way of filmmaking wasn't unfavorable, reminding me the 80’s, but the floating concept used in the plot could have been funnier if not so insistent on continual discussions between kids and their parents regarding the animals, which vary from rabbits, hens, cats, dogs and pigeons. In these discussions, everybody speaks at the same time, creating a surprising effect at first, but soon becoming annoying. Adrift and lacking real funny moments, “Domestic” showed dispersion on its characters’ delineation, leaving me in a state of apathy most of the time. This tale of life and death is nothing but a Noah’s ark condemned to sink.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I saw this movie tonight, outdoors at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens. I had no idea what was going on. The subtitles were unreadable. They were tiny, first of all, and in white. Most of the time there was no contrast. It showed white subtitles against a white chair, or a white wall. I was squinting trying to read them but they weren't left up long enough. and in the parts (many) where multiple people speak at the same time, there is one caption, and it is anybody's guess who is supposed to be talking.


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