An intelligent script is the key selling point of "Crossing Dates," a relay drama that offers multiple viewpoints but has difficulty demonstrating why they're pieced together.

An intelligent script is the key selling point of “Crossing Dates,” a relay drama that offers multiple viewpoints but has difficulty demonstrating why they’re pieced together. With prison as her centerpiece, novice helmer-scribe Anca Damian folds together life in and out of the slammer, underscoring her characters’ disappointment and inability to grab what life has to offer. Though the three storylines don’t play to equal strengths, Damian reveals enough budding talent to warrant interest in future efforts. Until then, Euro cable is pic’s most likely outlet.

Radio DJ Gabi (Mimi Branescu) is spooked while visiting a violent convict (Dorian Boguta) who shares with her a strong physical resemblance. Warden Mirela (Oxana Moravec) attends a conference with Finnish colleague Torbjorn (Matti Ristinen), a former flame she’s afraid to re-oxygenate; meanwhile, released inmate Andrei (Andi Vasluianu) finds he can’t control life on the outside. All characters have a tenuous connection, each story beginning slightly before the last one ended. Central section boasts the best, subtlest dialogue, with a nicely sophisticated interplay. Liviu Marghidan’s camera seems held aloft on an air cloud, though the unavailability of 35mm print made visuals difficult to judge.

Crossing Dates

Romania

Production

A Libra Film, Making Movies production. (International sales: Libra Film, Bucharest.) Produced by Tudor Giurgiu. Directed, written by Anca Damian.

Crew

Camera (color), Liviu Marghidan; editor, Dana Bunescu; music, Pessi Levanto; production designer/costume designer, Anne Ioneci. Reviewed at Transylvania Film Festival (Romanian Days), June 5, 2008.Romanian, English dialogue. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Mimi Branescu, Oxana Moravec, Matti Ristinen, Andi Vasluianu, Diana Cavalioti, Dorian Boguta, Ana Maria Moldovan, Ion Sapdaru, Gabriel Spahiu, Marius Chivu, Marius Rizea, Richard Boznovski, Vitalii Bantas, Dan Nastasia, Toma Cuzin, Ion Grosu, Mihai Calota, Nistor Edgar, Bogdan Mahrodin, Claudiu Iordan, Samuel Tastet, Ciprian Muntele

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