Women Do Cry
Directors: Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova
Cast: Maria Bakalova, Raltisa Stoyanova
There is a frequent notion that ladies are handled as inferior to males in just some components of the world. Countries like India, for example. But the reality might be that they face related conditions in most components of the world. And one of many entries at the just-concluded Cannes Film Festival, Women Do Cry, is an instance of this, and this is a story set in one of the vital superior nations, Bulgaria. The film is a no-holds-barred assault on the nation’s perspective in the direction of ladies, a place the place the group shackles ladies. Patriarchy and prejudice mixed with irrational beliefs push ladies to generally depressing existences.
Women Do Cry aptly describes how, via an curiously structured narrative. Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova’s first movie for the reason that 2019 Cat In The Wall is based mostly on true occasions, and is deeply rooted in familial traditions. Sonja (the spectacular Borat 2 breakout star, Maria Bakalova) and her hotheaded sister, Lora (Raltisa Stoyanova), are traditional instances of sibling rivalry which is additionally tempered with a sense of devotion to one another. They might argue and quarrel and even pull one another’s hair, however at the tip of the day, they realise that they’re sisters, and the bond of blood runs sturdy in them.
The film step by step shifts its focus to the opposite members of the sisters’ household, together with their mom Ana (Katia Kazakova), lesbian aunt Yoana (co-director/author Kazakova) and their grandfather (Iossif Surchadzhiev).
The bomb falls when Sonja finds out that her married lover with a spouse and youngster is HIV constructive. When she assessments and finds that she too has been contaminated, the world round her crumbles, shedding its sheen. Her carefree days are over, she is simply 19. “I can by no means have a boyfriend. I can by no means have intercourse. I can by no means get married and have infants,” Sonja is determined and depressed, and her mom’s and sister’s efforts to raise her spirits fail. Even the physician’s, who reassures her that HIV constructive is “not a loss of life sentence”.
Much just like the Romanian landmark work, 4 months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, Women Do Cry is a compelling canvas that paints and blends the private with the political. We see via the eyes of the sisters how the political class is ruining the nation, how males are haughty, ill-tempered, unreasonable and illogical. Sonja’s personal grandfather will get raving mad when he is instructed about her tragic predicament. A male gynaecologist refuses to deal with Sonja when she tells him, as she should rightly, that she is HIV constructive. This is one of the vital surprising scenes in the film.
Women Do Cry is hauntingly highly effective, peeling the layers of a terribly hypocritical society that is infused with a breath of recent air by some fantastic performances by the lead actresses. They are strong and even trendy, and the destiny of an injured stork that they arrive throughout conveys in no unsure phrases Sonja’s turmoil.
(Author and film critic Gautaman Bhaskaran has lined the Cannes Film Festival for 29 years)
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