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Murina

Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic | 2021 | 92 MINS
Croatia | Subtitles
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Tensions rise between restless teenager Julija and her oppressive father Ante when an old family friend arrives at their Croatian island home. Currents of rebellion, jealousy and desire roil in the glittering waters of the Adriatic.

In Detail

If Patricia Highsmith had ever written a coming-of-age story set on the rocky, clear-watered Croatian coastline, it might have looked a lot like Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović’s bright, brooding debut, Murina.

It makes the compelling case that even without labyrinthine murder plots or hard-bitten private eyes, a young girl's passage into adulthood can be the perfect, darkly dazzling vehicle for a sunshine noir.

When the handsome millionaire Javier arrives he becomes for Julija a means of escape from the island to live a bigger life out in the world.

The gorgeously shot film, named after the eel (murina, a local delicacy) that the father and daughter bring up from the ocean bed, is a wriggly, sensuous delight.

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