The Flower Bridge

    • Thomas Ciulei
    • Germany, Romania
    • 2008
    • 87 min
    • Best of Fests
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    More than three years ago, Alexandra, Maria and Alexei's mother left their poor village in Moldavia to go looking for work. She wanted money to repair the house and send her children to a good school. She was supposed to return two years later, but she still hasn't come back. Things are hard for the children's father Costica. Running his modest farm is trouble enough, but he also has to play the roles of both father and mother. He keeps the house clean, makes sure there's food on the table and that the children do their best in school. When his son comes down with the chicken pox, he's really worried that he'll also get sick and not be able to work. The family is tight-knit, but life is difficult, also for the kids. They help with chores around the house, take care of the goats and geese, and seed the land. Meanwhile, questions about the return of their mother are growing. Flower Bridge follows the motherless family over the course of several months. Their daily life is affectionately captured and interspersed with footage of the tranquil farming village and the hilly surroundings, where winter slowly is making room for spring.

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    • 87 min
    • color
    • 35mm
    • Spoken languages: Romanian, Russian
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Thomas Ciulei
    Production
    Thomas Ciulei for Europolis Film
    Co-production
    Ciulei Films, Studioul de Creatie al Ministerului Culturii Romania
    Cinematography
    Thomas Ciulei
    Editing
    Alexandra Gulea
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