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RADU JUDE | ROMANIA/GERMANY | 2016 | 141 MIN
Following films like Everybody in Our Family (winner of Best Narrative Feature at the 2012 Philadelphia Film Festival) and 2015’s acclaimed epic Aferim!, Scarred Hearts marks another stylistic leap forward for Romanian auteur Radu Jude. Based on the 1937 semi-autobiographical novel by Romanian-Jewish author Max Blecher, Scarred Hearts is the story of Emanuel, a young writer committed to a sanatorium after being diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis. Once again demonstrating Jude’s ability to find humor and humanity even in painful situations, the film vividly depicts the indignities, absurdities, and joys of life in the hospital, as Emanuel clings to his intellect (not to mention his libido) even as his body fails him. Beautifully shot in 35MM and with immaculate, period-accurate production design that wouldn’t look out of place in a Wes Anderson movie, the film has a formal rigidity befitting Emanuel’s immobile state. But like its indomitable protagonist, this testament to the human spirit has a warm-blooded, lively energy pulsing beneath its placid surface.
Cast:Lucian Teodor Rus, Ivana Mladenovic, Marius Damian, Bogdan Cotlet