In autumn, new Lithuanian films arrive one after another on Lithuanian cinema screens. Recently we had the opportunity to see the most expensive sci-fi movie “Vesper” in the history of Lithuania, the crime thriller “Piktųjų karta” by Emil Vėlyvis and the first horror thriller “slaughterhouse ” “Rūpintojėlis” from the history of the country.
And now, the time has come for the new comedy “Divorce” directed by Mantas Verbiejus. Does this new Lithuanian film project deserve your attention? Find the answer in this short review.
What are we talking about here…
Titas, who lives in London, wants to divorce his wife Marta, who lives in Lithuania. However, the wife has an ultimatum for him – the divorce will only happen if he brings his fiancée home. With no other option, Titus decides to find his fiancée. What will happen, no one knows, because Marta is as cunning as a fox and if she smells a deception, she can seriously harm a man thirsty for freedom.
Content of the book
When I go to the cinema to see new Lithuanian comedies, I feel like I’m participating in some sort of lame lottery where there are usually no winners. And even though I know that disappointment will almost always await me, I try to prepare myself for the idea that maybe this time things won’t be so bad. Or maybe it’s my secret fetish for going to watch poor, superficial, uninteresting, and simply predictable comedies? Everything can happen.
But sometimes there are exceptions that can be celebrated, so to say categorically that all modern Lithuanian comedies are worthless is not very correct. A few months ago we had a really fun movie called ‘What Men Don’t Know’ which may not have been outstanding but was definitely entertaining thanks to a well written script and easy to read content. develop. Only this time the situation is completely different.
I can’t say that the story presented by this film is as bad as some of the “Plus” projects organized by maestro Artūrs Orlauskas or the hooligan movie “Once Upon a Time in the Village” which came out this year, but I have to admit that it has no place in cinemas, since it is a completely televised work. That’s why it’s sad, because you go to the cinema, pay and get the same image as if you were watching a low-budget Lithuanian series.
There’s humor in the film, but it’s very superficial, worn, and seen a hundred times in our other comedies, so it’s hard to squeeze a smile while watching. And the jokes, situations, or prototypes of the characters themselves bring no joy, but elemental sadness as the creators jump over and over the same rake, giving us a similarly boring and indistinguishable spectacle. And here I always write quite adequately and gently, because there were such moments in the film, for which you basically wanted to write (…) to the creators. Without them, the film would look neater and more adequate.
The film’s characters are stereotypical slobs without character or individuality, and are infuriating because of their poorly written story arcs. It’s impossible to sympathize with any of them, let alone believe the feelings or motives of some of them. In short, we find in the film hardcover and uninteresting characters, with whom it is impossible to identify because of their basic platitude.
The film also has its advantages. And that becomes the duration of an hour and a half and the rhythm itself. So, if you want to see another standard and predictable, but at the same time not very pathetic Lithuanian comedy, you can risk going to the cinema.
The technical side of the band
I mentioned that the film looks like some kind of TV series, and it’s true, because not only the script is reminiscent of superficial TV projects, but also its technical solutions. The camera work, video and sound editing, art design and music are no different from any “Women Lie Better”, so there is nothing special about the technical aspect of this film. , aside from the fact that watching this movie in the cinema might feel like watching an extended episode of a series. .
Collective work of actors
The acting… How difficult it is to judge the acting in this kind of film where it is fundamentally absent. There are only well-known actors who are fun to watch, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to appreciate their characters. Thus, in the film, we can see Marių Repšis, Điuga Siaurusaitis, Ramūnas Cicėnas, Rokas Petrauskas, Saulė Sakalauskaitė and Giedrė Mockeliunaitė. That’s all you need to know about the performances of the actors in this movie.
“Divorce” is another tired, predictable, stereotypical, overcrowded with famous actors, technically weak, but somewhat friendly Lithuanian comedy that seems like a project suitable for television and not for cinema.
Source: The Delfi