Costica Arhir raises his three children in the village of Acui, Republic of Moldavia. His wife has left for Italy three and a half years ago to find work, and has not been home since. Roughly half of the active population of this country live in a similar situation. The documentary film, shot between January and April 2007, uses fictional elements in storytelling and camera work, creating a stage where the characters interpret themselves.
Today I was Young and Pretty
Most of the Gypsy population of Clejani, a village located some 50 km away from Bucharest, traditionally consists of musicians going back for many generations. After the collapse of communism, two Belgians mustered up some of the "lăutari" in Clejani and formed a band called, "Taraf des Haidouks", which was soon to attain international fame. After 17 years on tour, Stephane Karo, one of the managers, had the idea to pep up the "Taraf" repertoire, and suggested that they try their hand at classical music. The film follows the progress of interpreting a classical suite - inspired from the Romanian folklore - from practice and rehearsals to the first public performance in France. We can thus see how a classical piece originating in the folklore comes full circle.
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