A wholesome story about a family that doesn't shy away from the realities of fractured relationships, prejudice, grief, and responsibility. A satisfying film from start to finish.
The American Cinematheque hosted this screening of Goran Stolevski's third feature, an intimate portrait of a queer story set in modern day Macedonia. The strong central performance by Anamaria Marinca, who plays a woman forced into motherhood by the loss of her girlfriend, breathes life, meaning, and identity into the story. She not only struggles to cope with losing a loved one, but she is also responsible for becoming a mother to two young girls who don't quite understand their place in the world. It's a powerful exploration, brilliantly executed in a dynamic, ever-moving photography style. In the Q&A, Goran revealed that he shoots his rehearsals. His film, although tight in theme and atmosphere, has a 'run-and-gun' feel that contributes to it's authenticity.
Also revealing and thought-provoking is the film's presentation of class and racial dynamics amongst the ethnically diverse communities of Macedonia. The central characters are out of place in their world, burdened by an identity that is not fully accepted. Each of them struggles to define their life and the world around them. However, thanks to their co-dependence, they survive and live a love-filled existence. We all need those closest to us to survive in our individual environments, regardless of our background, challenges, or privileges. "Housekeeping for Beginners" shares this vital lesson in an entertaining, heart-wrenching, and honest way.