Proba de Microfon (1980)

Run Time - 108 min.  |   Countries - Romania   |  
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A cameraman (Micea Daneliuc) and the older, female reporter he accompanies on daily rounds for the television news shows, have become so jaded that life around them seems to occur only in frames and sound bytes - until the cameraman runs into an intriguing, attractive woman on the train. She is dodging the ticket-taker and so the cameraman gracefully buys a ticket for her, an act which leads to their eventual mutual acquaintance and the continued borrowing of money. The cameraman finally finds out that she is supporting the rehab efforts of her alcoholic brother. In his own bumbling way, he tries to get to know her better when all his hopes are dashed - he is called to serve in the army. That keeps him away from the pursuit of his mystery woman, and also from the increasingly amorous clutches of the older female reporter. One day while he is on leave he sees his mystery woman in a crowd on the street, catches up with her, and tells her how he really feels - only to have her disappear into the crowd again. Now he must make a major decision - should he continue looking for this woman and pursue his ideals, or return to life as he knew it before her? The cinema-verite techniques and semi-documentary approach of the cinematography in this film add another dimension to the telling of the story: it is related from the point of view of the cameraman all along.



alcoholism, brother, cameraman, love, reporter