A meddling and overbearing mother from a rich family steps in to try to save her spoilt adult child when he accidentally runs over and kills a kid in a poorer part of town. It sounds a lot like a story we have heard before in different variations, but what makes this version interesting is the deep study of the troubled relationships in the family and of course the comments on the post-communist Romanian society where money and connections talk louder than rights. It is slow moving, but still a lot is left between the lines for the reader to interpret and that is very well done. There is also some subtle humour especially in the very straight forward communication between the mother and her friends (e.g. at the very beginning where the mother is feeling sorry for herself because the son doesn’t want to talk to her and her friend says “I told you to get two – that way you could choose”!)
Unfortunately the characters are so disagreeable – and in the case of the son – ANNOYING – and the inequality portrayed is so frustrating that I found it hard viewing. Worth watching because it is a spot-on portrayal of the disintegrating mother-son relationship and on society, but it’s not an enjoyable film!