“My mom? She’s quite nice to me, but she’s always tired.” “My sister? She’s my stepsister. She’s terrible.” “My dad? He’s a sailor based in Sweden. He left us when I was a baby.” Eleven-year-old Jakub doesn’t have too many good things to say about his family, and his opinion of them worsens when his bossy grandma turns up at their small-town prefab flat. When the schoolboy discovers that his mother lied to him about his father, the atmosphere at home becomes even more strained. Director Jakub Šmíd presents a loose adaptation of Petra Soukupová’s novella To Disappear and, through the eyes of little Jakub, he considers relationships deformed by blame, wrongdoing and passive aggression. In the bleak winter surroundings, where reality shatters all illusions, the bet is on whether it’s possible to put together a tenable family model. KVIFF
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