WAITING FOR AUGUST

waiting2Dumb Jan: I thought I was watching a moving–albeit too tidy–feature about a Romanian family, but it turns out Waiting for August is a documentary! Now all my original objections are amplified.

Seven kids stuck in a small apartment with no parents? “Fly-on-the-wall” doc suffers from Hawthorne Effect with heavily edited “heart-warming” footage. Sorry, but good intentions are not enough 🙁 (JLH: 3/5)

Written & directed by Teodora Mihai. Click HERE for our FF2 Haiku. NOT YET SEEN BY RICH.

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Q: Does Waiting for August pass the Bechdel Test? DigitalStampA

Yes.

Georgiana Halmac–who is the oldest sister in a family of seven–speaks mostly to other female characters including her two younger sisters, her school friends, and an elderly neighbor. But most significantly Georgiana speaks frequently with her mother Liliana on the telephone, on Skype, and finally face-to-face (when it is August at long last and Liliana returns from Italy for some vacation time with her family).

Tags: Teodora Mihai, Waiting for August

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