Prima Primavera (2008)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Road Movie  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Hungary   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

Two unusual characters are on the run from a mob of killers in this road movie from Hungarian filmmaker Janos Edelenyi. Gabor (Andor Lukats) is over fifty years old but mentally challenged, and he still relies on his aging mother for help with his daily chores. One day, Gabor and his mother are at the bank when a gang of thieves burst in and stage a robbery; Gabor's mom is killed during the melee, and the thieves realize he's an eyewitness who could put them behind bars. Jolie (Vesela Kazakova) is a hooker and confidence woman who was an accomplice to the robbery; she's recruited to bring in Gabor so he can he executed, but when Jolie realizes she's also been targeted by her former compatriots, she and Gabor hit the road in search of safe haven. Gabor says he has a grandmother in Serbia who can take them in, but Jolie isn't sure if she's real or a product of his imagination, and she's not thrilled about the chandelier he's brought along as a gift for Grandma. As they make their way through Eastern Europe, Jolie and Gabor become close friends and come to rely on one another, though his limited perspective on human relationships leaves him angry and confused at how Jolie makes her living. Prima Primavera received its North American premiere at the 2010 Cinequest Film Festival.