The mistress, this (newer or older) member of the family.
“Déjà vu” is a Romanian film that tells, by mean of the “subjective” camera angle tehnique, the story of a man who, facing midlife crisis, can’t make a definitive choice between his wife and his mistress. The feature benefits from the well-articulated acting of Ioana Flora, Mirela Oprișor and the invisible Dan Chișu who also directs the movie.
Director: Dan Chișu
Scriptwriter: Dan Chișu
Cast: Ioana Flora, Mirela Oprișor, Dan Chișu
Produced by: Dan Chisu, Codin Maticiuc
Cinematography by: Andrei Gheorghe, Dan Chișu
Film editing by: Eugen Kelemen
Category: feature film
Duration: 75 minutes
209,232 – Spectatori Cinepub
The film tells the story of a man, Mihai, who is going through midlife crisis. After a 15 years marriage, he tries to rediscover himself and starts an affair. Though Mihai is the main character of the movie, he is never seen onscreen. Instead, his personality is shown through the eyes of his mistress, his mother and his wife, as well as through his gestures and attitude.
The love triangle theme was approached in Romanian movies from all sides and with all possible solutions. The only new thing that can be brought to it comes from filming technique, which Dan Chisu knows. Thus, he decides to throw in an extreme experiment: the leading actor is to wear the camera on his head, in a headpiece. An interesting perspective play takes shape, turning this movie into a special piece: while the visual perspective belongs exclusively to the male character, his psychological and moral portrait builds up by means of the other characters’ perspective: the mother’s, the wife’s and the mistress’s.
For Mihai and Tania, his lover for the past three years, the most important day has come: it’s time to tell Mihai’s wife, Valeria Radu (a very popular public person), about the two of them.
The road to Izvorani (where the wife temporarily moved) is a good occasion for Tania to analyze their relationship. The dialogue, sometimes smooth, other times tense and abrupt, reveals the life of their love triangle instead.
The triangle will reunite in the end, after the facts take an unexpected turn. A romanian movie in which the technique and the topic are joined in a very special manner.
„In Romanian cinema the „subjective” camera angle has been until recently Adrian Sitaru’s toy, whose narrative technique consisted of shifting between several charcaters’ points of view (Pescuit sportiv and Best intentions). Chisu takes this toy and runs away with it.” (Andrei Gorzo – www.aarc.ro)
„At the crossroads between experimental movie and stilistics exercise practised by young directors at the beginning of their carriers, Déjà Vu is an experiment that partially saves itself from the dangers of commoness especially due to the cast – Ioana Flora, present in almost all shots, and, in a smaller but incise part, Mirela Oprisor, two of the best movie actresses in Romania –, but also due to a certain easiness that gives in to farce here and there, with surprising results.” (Ionuț Mareș, – www.ziarulmetropolis.ro)
“I don’t know if I should be happy or not, that after less than three years , you act with me like you did with her after 15.”
“How long have you been cheating on me? Tell me, how long?
Madam, we have a serious relationship.”
“Get in the car, you’re driving me crazy! You’re driving me crazy, both of you!
- Transilvania International Film Festival, Romanian Days section – Romania, 2013
- Best Actress Award – UCIN, Romania, 2013
- Best Actress in a Leading Role – Gopo Awards, Romania, 2014
- TIFF Romania Review: Deja Vu (2013) – www.nextprojection.com