Ivana the Terrible (2019)

  |  Drama


Ivana the Terrible (2019) Poster

It's based on the story of a crisis that took place in the summer of 2017 in the life of Mladenovic, a Serbian-born director living in Romania.


6.7/10
167

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


10 March 2020 | George-Hari-Popescu
8
| Why is Ivana so terrible?
I thought it was a documentary, at the beginning of the movie. Then I noticed the accents of an artistic film. In the middle, I realized that it was a film in Ivana Mladenovic's style. The story is quite simple: Ivana visits her parents and grandmother, in Kladovo, on the Serbian bank of the Danube. It is an occasion of verbal conflicts with them, of secret meetings with her Serbian boyfriend who is 13 years younger than her and the welcoming of her former Romanian boyfriend, along with his girlfriend, during the Romanian-Serbian friendship festival.

Why is Ivana so terrible?

Because she feels she has medical problems, although the tests say she has nothing. Because of this, her parents consider her a hypochondriac, and her grandmother condemns her lifestyle. But Ivana is mostly afraid of what the town will say if they find out that she has a relationship with a 21-year-old boy, as she is 34. This fear was a real one, as the director confessed at the post-premiere discussion.

Otherwise, Ivana is a strong woman, with pertinent arguments, to the same extent that she is annoying. In this context, the adjective "terrible" becomes an additional reason to want to know her and find out the internal motivations behind her behavior.

Engaging one's family in a movie is not an easy thing to do. It was difficult at times, especially since her father was a veterinarian and could not always be available on the set, and her grandmother was old, so she had a rather low energy level. However, Ivana's effort paid off and a lively film full of psychology was the result.

The script started with Ivana's personal diary. Together with Adrian Schiop, she built a plausible scenario, sprinkled with irony, self-irony and even humor, sometimes bitter. Ivana acknowledged that she was inspired by "Summer Night, Half Past Ten" by Marguerite Duras.

The shootings also involved a part of the city of Kladovo, where Ivana was considered a famous actress because Serbs don't consider the role of director as an important one.

The funny thing is that Ivana's former Romanian lover is Andrei Dinescu, and his father, the poet Mircea Dinescu, appears in a scene in the end, on the bridge, when he says a few words and recites.

I urge you to watch the movie for the realistic character created by Ivana Mladenovic, one of the most complex characters I have encountered in Eastern European cinema.

Critic Reviews


More Like This

Soldiers: Story from Ferentari

Soldiers: Story from Ferentari

Uppercase Print

Uppercase Print

Scarred Hearts

Scarred Hearts

Monsters.

Monsters.

Malmkrog

Malmkrog

Nevia

Nevia

Carturan

Carturan

Legacy

Legacy

Arest

Arest

The August Virgin

The August Virgin

Father

Father

Defunct

Defunct

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Drama

Everything That's New on Netflix in August

No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month.

See the full list

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com