Reviews

  • Jan 19, 2021

    Silent Wedding's synopsis talks about the story of a Romanian country-side 50s wedding interrupted and forced to stop by the death of Stalin. However, this doesn't even begin to describe what director Horațiu Mălăele crafted. The film is a zany, hyperactive vision of traditional Romanian life, not seventy years ago, not a hundred years ago, not today, not even uniquely Romanian, but strangely universal in its beautiful lack of realism and parable-like narrative. This quaint, framed flashback film is certainly not about the communists' disruption of the idyllic Romanian life, but merely a farse, a comedy of circumstance, not condemning a political movement of another, just celebrating the absurdity of life. In his folly, Mălăele creates a microuniverse of lively, highly idiosyncratic characters, from the jolly drunkards to the observant bartender to the village weirdo. This community, portrayed by an incredibly effective ensemble cast, is displaying a satirical facade, hiding personal tragedies, but is also prone to the spiritual, thus the countless sudden intriguing tonal shifts which, fortunately, work naturally and, in spite of expectations, aren't rattling the film's weird pace, but rather enhancing its proficiency. This strange project, unlike anything in Romania's recent cinema in terms of form, relies heavily of Mălăele's directorial courage and sense of wonder. Not many Romanian director have been toying with the surrealist or the supernatural in the last twenty years. Another feature of mention, and the only element that ends up slightly interrupting the film's flow, are Mălăele's unexpected homages to old cinema. They prove to be endearing, but too on the nose for some and too distracting for others. One other failure of the film lies in the script, which, wildly creative as it is, leaves some threads hanging. The film's biggest misstep, though, is the fact that it's too short. It's the exact kind of film that reminds you how fast 87 minutes can pass. As a somewhat off topic observation, many Romanians will surely know or have heard of the hit trashy sitcom Las Fierbinți. I think that Silent Wedding's vision of Romanian rural life is everything that Las Fierbinți could have been and is not: truly funny, impish and full of life.

    Silent Wedding's synopsis talks about the story of a Romanian country-side 50s wedding interrupted and forced to stop by the death of Stalin. However, this doesn't even begin to describe what director Horațiu Mălăele crafted. The film is a zany, hyperactive vision of traditional Romanian life, not seventy years ago, not a hundred years ago, not today, not even uniquely Romanian, but strangely universal in its beautiful lack of realism and parable-like narrative. This quaint, framed flashback film is certainly not about the communists' disruption of the idyllic Romanian life, but merely a farse, a comedy of circumstance, not condemning a political movement of another, just celebrating the absurdity of life. In his folly, Mălăele creates a microuniverse of lively, highly idiosyncratic characters, from the jolly drunkards to the observant bartender to the village weirdo. This community, portrayed by an incredibly effective ensemble cast, is displaying a satirical facade, hiding personal tragedies, but is also prone to the spiritual, thus the countless sudden intriguing tonal shifts which, fortunately, work naturally and, in spite of expectations, aren't rattling the film's weird pace, but rather enhancing its proficiency. This strange project, unlike anything in Romania's recent cinema in terms of form, relies heavily of Mălăele's directorial courage and sense of wonder. Not many Romanian director have been toying with the surrealist or the supernatural in the last twenty years. Another feature of mention, and the only element that ends up slightly interrupting the film's flow, are Mălăele's unexpected homages to old cinema. They prove to be endearing, but too on the nose for some and too distracting for others. One other failure of the film lies in the script, which, wildly creative as it is, leaves some threads hanging. The film's biggest misstep, though, is the fact that it's too short. It's the exact kind of film that reminds you how fast 87 minutes can pass. As a somewhat off topic observation, many Romanians will surely know or have heard of the hit trashy sitcom Las Fierbinți. I think that Silent Wedding's vision of Romanian rural life is everything that Las Fierbinți could have been and is not: truly funny, impish and full of life.

  • Jul 02, 2017

    The director tends to experiment in a strange way but there are many beautiful images and powerful moments to make up for a few unnecessary ones.

    The director tends to experiment in a strange way but there are many beautiful images and powerful moments to make up for a few unnecessary ones.

  • Oct 13, 2014

    ?asterful film with amazing characters, wonderful photo and fanciful scenario. It is from these flashes of cinematic art that casting a shadow over much larger productions.

    ?asterful film with amazing characters, wonderful photo and fanciful scenario. It is from these flashes of cinematic art that casting a shadow over much larger productions.

  • May 30, 2013

    Na Romênia de 1953, Mara e Iancu preparam-se para se casar e todos os habitantes da vila estão ansiosos para a festa dos noivos. Porém, para o espanto de todos, o prefeito da cidade anuncia uma semana de luto pela morte de Stálin. Durante essa semana, nenhuma festa ou comemoração são permitidas. Apesar da proibição, os noivos e seus convidados irão mostrar criatividade para continuar a festa.

    Na Romênia de 1953, Mara e Iancu preparam-se para se casar e todos os habitantes da vila estão ansiosos para a festa dos noivos. Porém, para o espanto de todos, o prefeito da cidade anuncia uma semana de luto pela morte de Stálin. Durante essa semana, nenhuma festa ou comemoração são permitidas. Apesar da proibição, os noivos e seus convidados irão mostrar criatividade para continuar a festa.

  • Aug 20, 2011

    Romania, 1953. Life goes on as always in a small village until Fira and Lancu decide to get married. At the marriage day, the Russian army announce the death of Josef Stalin and forbids any pleasant activity. But the marriage will continue, even if that has to happen silently. A funny and touching movie that you won't forget.

    Romania, 1953. Life goes on as always in a small village until Fira and Lancu decide to get married. At the marriage day, the Russian army announce the death of Josef Stalin and forbids any pleasant activity. But the marriage will continue, even if that has to happen silently. A funny and touching movie that you won't forget.

  • Jun 26, 2011

    Arada traji-komik sahneler icerse de samimiyetten uzak, tirt bir film olmus.

    Arada traji-komik sahneler icerse de samimiyetten uzak, tirt bir film olmus.

  • May 17, 2011

    Sad as all Romanian movies are...

    Sad as all Romanian movies are...

  • Mar 22, 2011

    A great sad-comedy which gives you an awesome carricature of small villages in Romania with their drinking and partying habits during the CCCP period and during all those economic problems. Good acting in overall especially the bride's father.

    A great sad-comedy which gives you an awesome carricature of small villages in Romania with their drinking and partying habits during the CCCP period and during all those economic problems. Good acting in overall especially the bride's father.

  • Mar 02, 2011

    who is going to enjoy a wedding while Stalin has just died ? comedy and tragedy together maybe in the best film of new Romanian cinema

    who is going to enjoy a wedding while Stalin has just died ? comedy and tragedy together maybe in the best film of new Romanian cinema

  • Jan 06, 2011

    Î'Î 3/4ίζε για Ïα 20λεÏÏά ÏοÏ... διΠ(R)Ï?κηÏε η ÏκηΠ1/2Î (R) ÏοÏ... ÏιÏÏηλοÏ? γάΠ1/4οÏ...!!!

    Î'Î 3/4ίζε για Ïα 20λεÏÏά ÏοÏ... διΠ(R)Ï?κηÏε η ÏκηΠ1/2Î (R) ÏοÏ... ÏιÏÏηλοÏ? γάΠ1/4οÏ...!!!