Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor

           Medal of Honor
               Genre: Drama, Comedy
               Second World War, red tape, Romania, war hero, overcoming the past
  It is quite amazing: the film culture flourishes in a country where many people can afford no more cinema ticket. Romania has produced in recent years, many talented directors. Peter Calin Netzer is one of them. His second long feature film honor medal / Medalia de onoare is a small gem. With lovingly ironic view Netzer told by a survivor of the melancholy kind Mr. Ion (Victor Rebengiuc) has cooled it is not easy in his Bucharest apartment. His wife talks in seven years not a word with him. The son emigrated to Canada sets up immediately if it has, contrary to expectations the father instead of the mother on the line. But one day life is approaching for the despised and shunned the old man, the government would give him a medal for heroic achievements in the past 50 years the Second World War. Suddenly, Jon is a respected and sought-after man, not only among the neighbors. Even the familiar ice age seems to be tilting towards the end. The problem is: Mr Jon can not remember ever having done a heroic deed. There are scenes full of visual humor, in which the small absurdities of a decrepit state and family life skinflints. Herrlich, as the 75-year-old Ion repeatedly bone of the young lady is handled in the government agency – in a building and an atmosphere that Kafka could not be better described. And just as delicious, as is the old couple have to share the blanket silence. It is this very special, as ironic as warm-hearted humor, Netzer own handwriting within the so-called “new wave of Romanian” prevail. His sympathetic view is full of indulgence for human weakness. And ironically a broken admiration for all the little people, who managed to survive not only the Ceaucescu regime, but muddling through even in the difficult new conditions with tolerable decency. Netzer clasped allusive way, a number of topics: bureaucracy and family history of self-discovery and management. It combines the universal question of what heroes are good, with an accurate view of the Romanian relations. In his economy of cinematic means never comes to an end in itself. As he prepared for his punch lines at rest, it makes them all the more brighter. Victor Rebengiuc has had no accident the ideal candidate for this as guilty as kind-hearted old man screenwriter Tudor Voican thought about writing to the experienced actor who for 50 years to the darlings of the Romanian cinema and theater audience counts. Whether the film character has received the Medal of Honor ultimately right, you had better not tell. It is no secret, however, that not only the film but also the main character several awards and honorable mentions received at festivals. Last goEast the festival in Wiesbaden, where Victor was praised Rebengiuc for his “outstanding performance”. Thank God, can acquire honor not only in the Second World War. (Peter Gutting)
  Title: Medal of Honor Original Title: Medalia de onoare Country of production: , Germany, Romania Production year: 2009 Length: (# ) 104 (Min.)

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