The Great Water

In the age of global movie marketing, this strange and beautiful Macedonian feature is a welcome reminder that national cinemas still exist (which might just be a fancy way of saying that I didn't quite get it). After World War II a young orphan is taken to an oppressive medieval fortress where he and others like him are drilled in the joys of Stalinism by a hardened apparatchik and his young female assistant. She's so thoroughly indoctrinated she enjoys a private moment of romantic ecstasy with a bust of Uncle Joe, but the young hero meets a self-possessed older boy who teaches him to question the party line. Ivo Trajkov directed, and Bosnian-born Suki Medencevic contributed the superb wide-screen cinematography. In English and subtitled Macedonian. 90 min.

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