VIFF 2014: Waiting For August is intimate, empathetic, and unforgettable

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      Waiting For August (Belgium/Romania)  

      Documentary filmmaker Teodora Ana Mihai moves into a crammed Romanian social-housing unit, where 15-year-old Georgina has to care for her five siblings while her mother must work abroad as a live-in housekeeper to support them. Everyone’s hardship is heartrending—watch the youngest, a preschooler, beg his mother, who tries to put on a brave, cheery face, to come home on her limited Skype calls. (Her Italian employers don’t like her being on there too much.) But what comes through is the responsibilities Georgina takes on—even while coming of age and desperately trying to study to get into the high school she wants—and the loving care she provides while the entire brood tries to make it through till their mother’s return. Intimate, empathetic, and unforgettable.

      Cinematheque, September 25 (10 a.m.); International Village, September 27 (4 p.m.), and October 2 (9:15 p.m.) 

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