Just The Wind
Dir.: Benedek Fliegauf | Hungary, Germany, France 2012 | 91 min
Just the Wind is a political film of the most powerful kind. A direct punch in the solar plexus of the decision makers in European politics, who chose not to deal with the racist violence and humiliation, which the Roma are subjected to. A mother and her two children live in a secluded house in the woods. We follow one day in their lives, in the company of the mute teenage girl and her angry little brother, who is portrayed in a completely impressionistic manner, without a word being said about how they feel. Yet the fact that the neighbouring family has been butchered, just a week earlier, in the middle of the night and by unknown perpetrators, puts their actions into perspective. The mother works hard as a cleaning lady at the local school, at the very bottom of the social ladder, where one is consistently trampled upon. The children experience the same kind of treatment, and the girl's budding sexuality makes her obvious prey for the men around her. The family needs to cross through the forest to get anywhere, and with the neighbouring family's fate in mind, we follow them in their insecurity and uncertainty, about whether it will happen to them too. Leaves shaking in the wind echo the sense of danger, and the film aspires to be one of this year's scariest films, because to the unspoken horror, which lurks in the forest.