What it must be like to live in a poor family in a small village in North-East Romania? We can ask Mihai, one of the ten children of a hard-working couple who is trying to educate all of their offspring. They have managed to send five of them to schools in the town; sadly, Mihai had to give up the seminary and return to the village, where he is helping his family to farm what little land they own. Since he intends to return to his studies next year, he uses every free moment to study for the exams. He tells us about his brief staying in the town and how students from rural areas are marginalized. Interestingly, staying at home is also awkward for him, because he does not feel like he truly belongs here and he wants to leave.
After the Revolution
The film observes the situation in Bucharest in the period immediately following the 1989 revolution - a period of continual street protests against a government that took over from the Communist Party a bit too smoothly. You can see ordinary people talking passionately on the streets, filmed with patience and humour. Context and structure is provided by the political leaders and journalists, and the hurried (and heavily disputed) election. The 1990 election itself is covered in a crowded polling station and concludes with a press conference by the international election monitors who appear shocked by the amount of ‘irregularities’ they have seen.