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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.
What's perhaps most moving in Waiting for August, a quiet film of weight and joy, is its sense of desperate normalcy.
Exploring economic migration from the point of view of children, "Waiting for August" is an impressive, if muted, debut documentary.
A delicate, relatable portrait of domestic minutiae.
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...
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.
The distinct lack of domestic drama is precisely what makes the doc so gratifying as a portrait of a family averting turmoil in spite of challenging circumstances.
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