“All of them suppose we’re prostitutes”
That the youths of the period appear misplaced and should not positive in any respect the place they are going to be taking place the road, is a theme that has been repeatedly examined in indie cinema, significantly in international locations like Japan and Korea. Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze presents a narrative alongside these strains, including, although, an LGBT component that makes the film extra intriguing, no less than with a primary look.
Tina has simply arrived in Tbilisi from the countryside, and has rented a room within the residence the place Megi lives. Their assembly is bumpy from the start, since Tina is just renting for one month, though the itemizing talked about no less than six, whereas she appears to don’t have any cash on her, as she waits for her boyfriend to come back and provides her some. This facet additionally reveals the unconventional distinction of the 2 ladies, as Tina is totally misplaced in life, has no job, is totally reliant on her boyfriend, and in addition appears to hold some “baggage”, that are revealed a bit afterward. Megi however, is outgoing, has quite a lot of mates, likes to drink and smoke weed and normally, to occasion, whereas she is decided to flee Georgia and transfer to New York. The monetary scenario of each causes quite a lot of issues, however progressively, they begin to come collectively, significantly after Tina opens up about her previous and Megi is revealed to endure from a medical situation.
In distinct art-house/indie style, Bliadze directs a movie with only a few occasions happening, as a substitute specializing in the portrait of two younger girls, who appear to represent a era of youths in Georgia that simply attempt to survive. In that style, Tina is in a barely worse scenario, because of the aforementioned baggage, however that doesn’t imply that Megi, who’s making an attempt to boost cash and get a visa to maneuver to New York, has it a lot simpler. The answer they each appear to search out, as a lot because the folks round them, is actually to… occasion, with the medication and alcohol quickly changing into part of on a regular basis life.
Bliadze, nevertheless, doesn’t implement this idea in a unfavourable approach, in an effort to criticize his protagonists, however merely as part of life. On the identical time, it’s this idea that ultimately results in the ladies coming nearer collectively, each as mates and one thing extra as time passes. Fact be advised, this final component comes a bit of too late, and doesn’t have explicit affect in the way in which the story unfolds, maybe solely in exhibiting how the ladies discover solace in each other and including a component of sensualism in an in any other case “flat” film.
This method truly extends to all the numerous scenes of the film, with the funeral, the revelation, and the ending basically being applied right here in a approach that means that Bliadze shot a film round these, with the remainder of the narrative offering a base. This, nevertheless, doesn’t imply that the context will not be wealthy, for the reason that feedback the director presents are many as they’re attention-grabbing. The difficulties Megi has to get a visa, the age Tina needed to get married and the way in which her marriage ended, the reactions of the folks again within the village, and the way in which intercourse, medication and alcohol develop into the one approach out result in fairly pointed remarks right here. The identical applies to the ending, which might be interpreted because the affect of the cycle of life, and a testomony to how their interactions modified Tina specifically, with this general facet rising as probably the most attention-grabbing within the movie.
Dimitri Dito Dekanosidze’s cinematography follows the French type, with many shut ups following the protagonists and significantly Tina in her “endeavors”, in a normal method that focuses on realism with none explicit exaltations. Bliadze’s personal modifying leads to a comparatively sluggish tempo that fits the general aesthetics properly, once more within the French art-house type.
The best way the cinematography capabilities offers many alternatives to Taki Mumladze to shine, and he or she is kind of convincing as Tina, in a measured efficiency that highlights her internal wrestle and her introverted nature, whereas permitting the moments she acts out to face out. On the identical time, the insistence to painting her as a stunning girl, as per the strains of most of the characters within the film, does really feel a bit pressured and extreme. Mariam Khundadze as Megi is kind of convincing because the extrovert, nearly at all times cheerful younger girl, whereas the dancing scene undoubtedly stands out for her, as a lot as her “infantile” voice. The antithetical chemistry of the 2 additionally works fairly nicely for the film.
“A Room of My Own” makes numerous attention-grabbing feedback in refined and intriguing style, however ultimately stays a kind of French-like/European artwork home films which can be present in abundance all through the circuit of the continent. Most likely the primary component that permits it to face out are the performances of the 2 actresses, who rightfully shared the prize of Finest Actress in Karlovy Fluctuate.