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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Mo

2019, Radu Dragomir, Romania, 77 min.
With Dana Rogoz, Răzvan Vasilescu, Mădălina Craiu

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 7th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 11th 6:00pm

“A rare Romanian thriller…tackles head-on a #MeToo-related narrative, an even rarer occurrence in the county’s national cinema.”—Stefan Dobrou, Cineuropa

Two female college students conspire to cheat on a critical exam but are apprehended by the stern male professor Ursu (Vasilescu), setting the stage for a dangerous convoluted game that eventually plays out in the teacher’s apartment. Boldly rebellious Mo (Rogoz) and her more reticent friend Vera (Craiu) are wary but hopeful when Ursu seems to offer a chance for amnesty, and invites the pair for a home-cooked meal. Vasilescu (BIBLIOTHÈQUE PASCAL), one of Romania’s most popular actors, gives a stunningly multifaceted performance as Ursu, slipping seamlessly in and out of the roles of villain, generous mentor, savior, and merciless predator. In the best tradition of the contemporary Romanian cinema, a savage dissection of ethics and the question of consent is at the heart of the plot as the susceptible students fall into a trap. Note: Includes sexual violence. In Romanian with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Wide House. (BS)

Note: Includes sexual violence.

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