A Comedy of Tears
2016, Marko Sosič, Slovenia/Italy, 75 min. With Marjuta Slamic, Ivo Barisic.
- Sat, Mar 25th 8:00pm
- Thu, Mar 30th 8:15pm
An embittered recluse who relates only to his model trains and his fading family photos hurls daily abuse at his immigrant housekeeper and caregiver, in this cat-and-mouse game of a character study featuring standout nuanced performances from the two leads. Albert (Barisic), long confined to his Trieste apartment through the ills of old age, takes malevolent delight in taunting Ida, a woman who crosses the border from Istria to serve as his lifeline and sole human contact. Director Sosič steadily escalates the verbal warfare while carefully unraveling the history of the old man’s hostility, buried amid memories of war and ethnic hatred. In Slovenian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Arsmedia. DCP digital. (BS)