Waiting for August

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There is a generation of young people being raised by their teen siblings in Eastern Bloc countries such as Romania, while their parents are working in other European countries sending money back home to their children called The Home Alone Generation. In the award winning documentary, WAITING FOR AUGUST, the camera follows Georgiana as she is just about to turn 15 in Bacau, Romania. She has been left in charge of taking care of her 6 brothers and sisters living in a social housing apartment. Their mother was forced to leave the family behind and go to work in Italy. Mom won't be back til end of summer. Georgiana has been catapulted into the role of head of the family, responsible for the daily caring of her siblings. (C)


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Soft in tone and muted in color, "Waiting for August" is a child's-eye view of one family - among many in today's Romanian economy - rising to the challenge of living without parents.

Oct 9, 2014 | Full Review…

What's perhaps most moving in Waiting for August, a quiet film of weight and joy, is its sense of desperate normalcy.

Oct 7, 2014 | Full Review…

Exploring economic migration from the point of view of children, "Waiting for August" is an impressive, if muted, debut documentary.

Oct 2, 2014 | Full Review…

A delicate, relatable portrait of domestic minutiae.

Oct 11, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The Halmacs are a scrappy, lively bunch, fueled by the antic energy of its youngest members, and Mihal's lens lingers lovingly on them. Perhaps too much. The film would greatly benefit from tighter editing...

Oct 10, 2014 | Full Review…

A gimlet-eyed look at "free" Romania where the market dictates how people live--often just one step of the poorhouse--rather than the secret police.

Oct 10, 2014 | Full Review…

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