A mood piece about the love between father and son.

Slow fades between scenes are in keeping with the poetic aspirations of Vlado Kafar’s “Dad,” a mood piece about the love between father and son. Quiet and unrushed in a self-conscious manner, this wispy reverie largely set in a forest oddly shifts into docu format as workers from the Mura textile factory express anxieties about their future. The tacked-on footage could be seen as a real-life expression of the father’s concern for his son’s prospects, though the disparate elements don’t sit well together. Fest auds will either shrug their shoulders or be charmed.

Father (Miki Ros) and son (Sandi Salamon) are on a Sunday fishing expedition. At first they’re silent, but gradually the father gets his son to express himself. At home, a radio report about worker unrest introduces the theme of job insecurity, and the father tells the boy of the pain of separation. Viewers may think of Alexander Sokurov, but despite some lovely images, there’s little of the Russian master’s dreamlike emotional tug. Kafar’s use of Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy” at the end blows everything else out of the water with the song’s smooth-voiced, poignant intensity.




A Gustav Film, Propeler, 100, MB Group, Obcina Dobrovnik production. (International sales: Gustav Film, Ljubljana, Slovenia.) Produced by Frenk Celarc. Co-producers, Petra Vidmar, Marjan Jelnikar, Diego Zanco, Julij Zornik, Miki Ros, Peter Gregorcic. Directed, written by Vlado Kafar.


Camera (color), Marko Brdar; editors, Kafar, Jurij Moskon; production designers, Zoran Grabarac, Tanja Vukovic, Frenk Grdin, Skafar; costume designer, Emina Kaliman. Reviewed at Rotterdam Film Festival (Spectrum), Jan. 29, 2011. (Also in Gothenburg Film Festival -- Debuts; Berlin Film Festival -- market; 2010 Venice Film Festival -- Critics' Week.) Running time: 70 MIN.


Miki Ros, Sandi Salamon.
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