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Film review: Intregalde goes nowhere, slowly

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Romanian humanitarian-aid drama plays like a horror but minus the jumps, scares

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Sorry to say this, but despite winning several festival prizes over the past year, Intregalde is like a dead guy with no final resting place: plotless.

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It opens with several Romanian aid workers distributing food among some rural villages. They are Maria (Maria Popistasu), Ilinca (Ilona Brezoianu) and Dan (Alex Bogdan), and along the way they decide to help a grizzled old millworker by giving him a lift. Unfortunately, the road they take is in bad shape, and their car gets stuck.

You’d be forgiven for thinking the film is a horror, given that the poster shows its title scratched roughly on the side of a filthy, empty vehicle; very ominous. But (lack of spoiler alert?) nothing evil or supernatural or even particularly natural happens to them.

There’s some bickering among the workers, who don’t have a high opinion of the locals, though to be fair the locals don’t give much reason to. But you’d think humanitarians would be, I don’t know, more humanitarian.

Anyway, at the one-hour-and-44-minute mark, just when it isn’t getting any more interesting – it ends. Did director and co-writer Radu Muntean run out of film? Hard to say.

There is a real Intregalde in central Romania. It looks charming and picturesque, and the view on Google Maps shows what looks like a bunch of villagers who have come out to watch the camera go by. I wouldn’t mind being stuck there. The movie, on the other hand, I couldn’t wait to leave.

Intregalde opens March 25 in Vancouver, March 29 in Toronto and April 14 in Sudbury, with other locations to follow.

1.5 stars out of 5


Romanian humanitarian-aid drama plays like a horror but minus the jumps, scares

Article content

Sorry to say this, but despite winning several festival prizes over the past year, Intregalde is like a dead guy with no final resting place: plotless.

Article content

It opens with several Romanian aid workers distributing food among some rural villages. They are Maria (Maria Popistasu), Ilinca (Ilona Brezoianu) and Dan (Alex Bogdan), and along the way they decide to help a grizzled old millworker by giving him a lift. Unfortunately, the road they take is in bad shape, and their car gets stuck.

You’d be forgiven for thinking the film is a horror, given that the poster shows its title scratched roughly on the side of a filthy, empty vehicle; very ominous. But (lack of spoiler alert?) nothing evil or supernatural or even particularly natural happens to them.

There’s some bickering among the workers, who don’t have a high opinion of the locals, though to be fair the locals don’t give much reason to. But you’d think humanitarians would be, I don’t know, more humanitarian.

Anyway, at the one-hour-and-44-minute mark, just when it isn’t getting any more interesting – it ends. Did director and co-writer Radu Muntean run out of film? Hard to say.

There is a real Intregalde in central Romania. It looks charming and picturesque, and the view on Google Maps shows what looks like a bunch of villagers who have come out to watch the camera go by. I wouldn’t mind being stuck there. The movie, on the other hand, I couldn’t wait to leave.

Intregalde opens March 25 in Vancouver, March 29 in Toronto and April 14 in Sudbury, with other locations to follow.

1.5 stars out of 5

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