1937. Emanuel, a twenty-year old young man suffering from bone tuberculosis, is admitted to a seaside sanatorium. A free adaptation of the writings of M. Blecher.
'My whole effort consists of writing a good, readable book, but that may be too vague for you, so I will explain more. It is a document of human value, applicable anywhere. Even in my search for character names I made sure to pick well-chosen names, with a general resonance. I will make it so that the reader does not wonder where it is all happening and cares only for the events and cases described. It is so riddled with harsh, heart-wrenching realities that I may have to give up some of them. There will be graver, more overwhelming realities, operating rooms, bandages changed in white, cold, terrifying clinic rooms and love stories between plaster-clad patients.' — (a fragment from a letter written by M. Blecher to poet Geo Bogza, 1936)
Q&A: Radu Jude, moderated by film critic Andrei Gorzo
Directed by: Radu Jude