9th DMZ Docs(2017)
I AM DOCU
When adults are ineffectual, children have to grow up quickly. Ola is 14 and she takes care of her dysfunctional father, autistic brother and a mother who lives apart from them and is mainly heard the phone. Most of all she wants to reunite a family that simply doesn’t work like a defective TV set. She lives in the hope of bringing her mother back home. Her 13 year old brother Nikodem’s Holy Communion is a pretext for the family to meet up.
A 14-year-old girl named Ola, living in a shabby cramped apartment in the suburbs of Warsaw, takes care of her home by herself. Her father is on the drink all the time and inadequate as a parent, her mother left home and get in touch by telephone with her sometimes, and the autistic brother, two years younger than her, has always been mentally unstable.
The director Anna Zamecka succeeded in having intimate relations with the persons and in capturing the dramatic moments in her first feature-length film. She made this film near perfect with careful shooting and refined style of editing, though standing at a respectful distance. Since the documentary won the jury prize of ‘Semaine de la critique’ at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival, it has been favorably reviewed and had the attention in Europe. [Han Sun-hee]
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