Adrian Pîrvu was born in 1986, three months after the Chernobyl disaster. His pregnant mother went to the USSR on a business trip, and her son was born blind. After a couple of operations, doctors managed to bring back the sight in his right eye, but he is still struggling with glaucoma to this day. Feeling alone and directionless at 25, he decided to make a film about people similarly affected by the nuclear accident. As he says in the feature, he did it to start feeling better about himself.
During his search for interviewees, in Kyiv he finds Helena Maksyom, a journalist with a well-paid but boring marketing job. Her ailment, though never detailed, concerns her backbone, and after having surgery that does not fully fix her but helps with her chronic pain, she joins Pîrvu in making the film.
(…) The documentary has a raw, intimate quality that stems from the fact that the two directors/protagonists use the camera almost as if they were making a home video. Paradoxically, this is what makes it a strong film: so many personal aspects overlap in it that it is impossible to separate what would represent “life” and what would be its “cinematic” part.
Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa