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September 29, 2016
Modra is the name of a village where 17 year old Lina parents used to come from and has made plans to visit relatives, except that her boyfriend has just broke up with her with Leco becoming his substitute to go in his place in return.
Super Reviewer
½ January 22, 2016
Put together a girl who was just dumped by her boyfriend, a trip to Slovakia, a last minute substitute boy as a travel companion, and 17 year-old passions and you have an interesting movie. Some of the filming in Slovakia seemed stilted - they could not have been actors.
½ June 20, 2013
Movie with lots of credible yet boring dialogue from two bland English-Canadian teenagers visiting my great-grandfather's obscure native town (yes, this was the only reason I watched the movie).
September 2, 2011
MovieGeek13 says it's a Must See
Super Reviewer
June 29, 2011
What a wonderful little film this is. Director Ingrid Veninger channels a Sofia Coppola sensibility, turning Modra into a "Lost in Translation in Slovakia."
Modra differs from Coppola's masterpiece in that it focuses less on universal disconnect than on youth adolescence and their search for identity. The two main characters, Lina and Leco are both 17 years old. Lina's boyfriend has just broken up with her, 24 hours before they are supposed to leave for Slovakia. Before she has time to grieve, she gets a call from Leco, a boy she briefly met at a party. He's just as confused and lonely, almost desperate to find someone to hang out with for the summer. Lina invites Leco to accompany her on her vacation and he accepts. The scene is executed remarkably well, the camera holding on the teens' faces, the awkward silences of the conversation, capturing everything that is being said and not said.
The film plays out like a love letter to Slovakia, but not as a travel video. It celebrates the country as part of this girl's heritage. Lina's search for her cultural identity mirrors her search for a personal identity. She meets her extended family and learns why her parents left for Toronto so many years ago.
Along the way, her friendship with Leco buds into a romance. Their relationship takes them through periods of passion, anger, and hope. Both teens have their own personal demons, and unlike so many romance films, Modra knows that these anxieties can't be resolved simply through love. But knowing that they've made a special connection with each other makes confronting those anxieties that much easier.
Modra might not be an easy film to find, but it is worth checking out should you get the chance. It is a great example of how the quality of Canadian film has risen substantially in this new decade.
May 23, 2011
It is a home movie slash indie movie, definitely not for the common audience but for people looking for a love story that isn't stock full of cliques and will find this worth a watch. The film itself is full a culture, anyone who sees that this will certainly wish to visit Modra Slovakia. It certainly looks like a gorgeous place to visit. Another good Canadian movie.
½ May 15, 2011
A sweet, sort-of coming-of-age story that will hit home with anyone who's ever gone to another country at a young age to meet distant relatives. Veninger really captures that feeling of empowering responsibiity of being on one's own for the first time as well as the serenity that comes with connecting with your past. Lovely.
May 6, 2011
Modra is a wonderful film. A beautiful and often overlooked subject - brilliantly and sensitively handled. Wonderful cinematography, lovely actors and acting, great music, Great Film. Definitely a Must See.
May 2, 2011
My family was home for a visit so we all went to Modra. It appealed to the entire group, young and old alike. Even my 25 year old liked it saying he felt it was the most realistic depiction of the awkward self-consciousness most of us feel about sex, as teens, but never admit to. Plus, in addition to a sensitive and enjoyable coming of age story, we got a delightful visit to a beautiful part of the world.
Super Reviewer
February 12, 2011
Lovely genuine film about a teenager discovering her roots in Slovakia...and her unlikely companion. The kids and the town are the stars as believable awkwardness leads to genuine emotion.
½ January 24, 2011
A really well made Canadian film about two teens on a journey of self discovery. Not quite children anymore and not yet truly adults; it is a transitional period that is raw and most importantly - real. Excellent job by the first time actors.
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