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Two teenagers learn you don't have to be in love to break someone's heart in this drama. Seventeen-year-old Lina (Hallie Switzer) visits her mother's family in Modra, Slovakia every summer, but she finds herself facing the prospect of making the trip by herself when her boyfriend abruptly breaks up with her. At the last minute, Lina invites Leco (Alexander Gammal), a boy in her class, to join her; she thinks he's cute, and he's in the market for a girlfriend, so the two set out for Modra. While
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Nothing wrong with making an audience do some imaginative work, but hell, not all the work.
The result is what every indie director strives for -- an emotionally true movie that looks like it cost about 10 times its actual budget.
That the director's Slovakian relatives appear in background roles as members of Lina's extended clan gives MODRA the feeling of a home movie, but it's more accurate to say that this is personal filmmaking of a refreshingly modest stripe.
An intimately scaled and emotionally vivid study of two young people forging a connection.
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