Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Babardeală Cu Bucluc Sau Porno Balamuc
Radu Jude’s scathing satire finds schoolteacher Emi threatened with dismissal when a private sex tape goes viral.
Katia Pascariu, Claudia Ieremia, Olimpia Mălai
Romania-Luxembourg-Croatia-Czech Republic 2021. 106min
Sovereign Film Distribution
With English subtitles
Produced under conditions of lockdown, Jude’s uncompromising satire is a relentless attack on prejudice and hypocrisy. Divided into three parts, Jude describes it as a ‘sketch for a popular film’. The first follows Emi as she walks through the COVID-emptied streets of Bucharest. The second – a dictionary of ‘anecdotes, signs, and wonders’ – embraces the construction of Ceausescu’s palace, Church support for dictatorships and other excesses. In the third, Emi faces a parents’ tribunal that becomes an exercise in misogyny and racism, with extensive recourse to the internet. Hardcore images disturb, but are also demystified by their context. Coming from the director of Aferim! and Scarred Hearts, it’s a striking antidote to complacency.
Please note this film contains flashing images/strobing. It also contains strong real sex, nudity, sexually abusive behaviour, and very strong language.
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