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"Scarred Hearts" is inspired by Romanian author Max Blecher's novel, which is set in 1937. It centers on Emanuel, a man in his early 20s, who spends his days at a sanatorium on the Black Sea coast, suffering from bone tuberculosis. Falling in love with another patient, he narrates his and his fellow patients' attempts to live life to the full as their bodies slowly wither but their minds refuse to give in. Blecher wrote the text, hailed as a masterpiece on publication in Romania in 1939, as autobiographical notes before he died, after 10 years of suffering, at the age of 29. Written by
the first word - it is a beautiful film. or a different one by the Romanians movies from the last decade.it reminds, in strange manner, by "Aferim". because it represents a biography in the middle of large slice of history. fragments of events, the sufferance, the love, the words and the spirit of youth in dialogues/monologues looking to discover the real essence of reality. and, sure, the not so bad job of Lucian Teodor Rus- he gives a character fragile, interesting, unreal, and the only problem is the difficulty to feel his sufferance out of physical scenes. for an admirer of Max Blecher universe, it is a decent film. a reasonable exploration of body and life and dreams, need of the other and end of illusion. about hospital air, Kafka influence, use of old rules of Romanian cinema for rebuild a world.sure, clichés and mannerism in large dose. the conclusion - the work of Max Blecher is not the best choice for adaptations. so, this is a decent try.
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