A cure for self-invention in therapeutic drama An Unlikely Romance
- A new Czech drama about dysfunctional relationships and life-changing romances, produced by Ivan Vojnár Film and released at the beginning of November
The new feature by award winning director Ivan Vojnár will be distributed in the Czech Republic at the beginning of November. The driving theme of An Unlikely Romance [+see also:
film profile] is girls having relationships with the wrong guys for which they keep blaming themselves. Luisa and Erika are the two protagonists of the film, the first an aspiring actress whose husband does not agree with this career choice and the second one trying to build a promising career while her boss has different intentions. The husband ends up committing suicide while Erika accidentally kills her boss in an act of self-defence.
Vojnár started his career as a documentary filmmaker back in the 80’s and rose to prominence with the documentary essay In the Garden (1995) about patients in a mental hospital. His next project The prophets and poets (2000) was rewarded with an audience award at the International Documentary Festival in Jihlava. The director made his first feature film in 1997, The Route Through Forest, an episodic story about relationships in a small village at the eve of World War I.
An Unlikely Romance is told retrospectively by Luisa while she undergoes treatment in a mental institution. There she meets an elderly doctor who inspires her to look at her life differently. “I consider the main theme of the film to be a therapeutic relationship. Not necessarily in terms of a psychologist and patient but in general, when somebody helps another overcome something or simply move on... this is the crucial theme in all my films, features and documentaries,” explains the director who also stars in the film.
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