NHNew Horizons / Afaq Jadida Competition
Best IntentionsOriginal Title: Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intentii
Director: Adrian Sitaru
Romania, Hungary, France | Romanian
Subtitles: Arabic, English
When his mother suffers a stroke, Alex, a man in his mid-thirties, plunges into a phase of anxiety that no one is able to cure. Though his mother’s situation quickly improves, Alex’s exhausting apprehension blinds him to reality. Refusing to listen to anyone who tries to help or reassure him, he is constantly on edge and throws tantrums at the hospital. As his paranoia intensifies, it becomes clear that Alex’s own sanity is a greater concern than his mother’s health.
With Best Intentions
, award-winning director Adrian Sitaru (Hooked) shows once again why contemporary Romanian cinema –which has yielded other notable directors like Cristi Puiu, Cristian Mungiu and Corneliu Porumboiu –has achieved worldwide acclaim in the last decade. Sitaru’s insightful portrayal of an ordinary Romanian family transcends geographical boundaries and unearths universal behavior patterns in some of our most intimate relationships. Whatever Alex does, he does with the best of intentions –as we all do for our loved ones. Yet behind his angst lies a son’s acquiescence to the incontestable power of the mother figure, a dynamic that unwittingly sets the rules for his other relationships. Love, fear, security and attachment come into play in a rich script that blends realism with absurdity in just the right doses, while maintaining a sense of psychological suspense throughout.