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Critic Reviews for Ryna
Much of the pic's strength is in leaning on the frail shoulders of newcomer Dorotheea Petre, who is insightful and refreshingly contemporary as a boy-girl-woman searching for her identity.
Zenide showcases Petre in a role of few words and much feeling. It's an auspicious debut in a sensitive drama, despite its less than original contours.
The first approach to the main character is a piece of virtuoso filmmaking (...) but the film does not maintain this wedding of thematic coherence and enigmatic visual style, its narrative soon revealing itself to be predictable and bland.
Audience Reviews for Ryna
Zenide creates an oppressive rural environment that is as essential to her film as any of the characters. Based on the posters and various promotional material I expected something akin to Moodysson's debut- a portrait of young lesbian in an unforgiving town. Surprisingly, Ryna's boyishness is forced on her by an repentantly misogynistic father. I can't help but feel like my description makes it sound like cheap melodrama. It isnt. This is a bleak portrait of post-communist poverty and the desperation that surfaces when an entire way of life is threatened.
As melancholy and oppressing as you'd expect from a Romanian film, but I still recommend it. Doroteea Petre played the title role beautifully understated. You root for her from the get-go. Great score as well.
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