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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

Realism, madness, and an unbridled anger towards those who ignore history, right-wing radicals, and stupid citizens who regard themselves as decent converge in Radu Jude‘s three-part farce.

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Realism, madness, and unbridled anger towards those who ignore history, right-wing radicals, and stupid citizens who regard themselves as decent converge in Radu Jude‘s Berlinale winner.

There are three parts that are joyfully and shabbily introduced by pink intertitles and carnival music. The first followsEmi, a teacher, in Bucharest, Emi is stressed. A private sex tape of hers surfaced online and has triggered a shitstorm. The parents and school administration have summoned her. The entire city is just as stressed as Emi. Fights erupt constantly and huge parked SUVs block the crosswalks. A camera follows Emi at a distance and observes the streets: people with masks, busted facades, cheap ads, the pandemic life on film, an incredible relief to see after months in which cinema seemed to be set in fantastical parallel worlds, completely detached from what is actually happening in the world. Jude doesn‘t make the pandemic a huge topic, but it‘s present – in the masks on arms, the distance between people, or in the scene when an old lady takes off her mask to speak at a pharmacy and, of course, starts a fight by doing so.

The second part is a collection of short visual anecdotes that Radu Jude clearly wanted to confront his audience with. There‘s a title for each one, for example “Bookcase,“ an image or a little film, in this case the photo of a bookcase and a short accompanying text “battles emerges from the libraries.“ In “Rape“ you discover that 55% of Romanians find rape potentially understandable, like when drugs are involved, or a woman goes home with a guy, or was dressed provocatively. Around two dozen of these snippets form an angry tirade that is perhaps best summarized in the “Politics“ snippet that begins with the sentence “political indifference is akin to moral laziness.“

In the third and last part the parents and school management debate Emi‘s future – while being socially distanced and wearing masks in the school courtyard. First the sex tape is shown again, with Emi sitting there, then there‘s a tribunal, where topics like blow jobs, Bill Gates, the Holocaust, and all the resentments currently running through their foggy minds come up. There are raunchy interjections, personal attacks, detailed academic texts about child rearing read out by phone, and Emi quotes obscene poems by national poet Eminescu in her defense. This part, which is both a chamber play and a wild farce, escalates and becomes increasingly more absurd.

“No film tells the truth per se. You have to compare films with reality,“ are the lyrics of the end credits song.

Hendrike Bake (INDIEKINO MAGAZIN)

Translation: Elinor Lewy

Credits

Original title: Babardeala cu bucluc sau porno balamuc
Rumänien / Luxemburg / Kroatien / Tschechische Republik 2021, 106 min
Genre: Comedy, Tragicomedy, Drama
Director: Radu Jude
Author: Radu Jude
DOP: Marius Panduru
Montage: Cătălin Cristutiu
Music: Jura Ferina, Pavao Miholjevi
Distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih
Cast: Katia Pascariu, Claudia Ieremia, Olimpia Mălai, Nicodim Ungureanu, Alexandru Potocean, Andi Vasluianu
FSK: 18
Release: 08.07.2021

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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

(Babardeala cu bucluc sau porno balamuc) | Rumänien / Luxemburg / Kroatien / Tschechische Republik 2021 | Comedy, Tragicomedy, Drama | R: Radu Jude | FSK: 18

Realism, madness, and an unbridled anger towards those who ignore history, right-wing radicals, and stupid citizens who regard themselves as decent converge in Radu Jude‘s three-part farce.

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Friedrichshain

Zukunft

Wednesday 22.09.

TicketsBuy Tickets OmeU21:50

Kreuzberg

Moviemento

TODAY

OmeU18:00

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Il Kino

Tuesday 21.09.

TicketsBuy Tickets OmeU13:00

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