Lemonade (Luna de Miere)
Country: Romania, Canada, Germany, Sweden
Director: Ioana Uricaru
Writer: Tatiana Ionașcu, Ioana Uricaru
Starring: Ruxandra Maniu, Milan Hurduc, Dylan Scott Smith, Steve Bacic, Mălina Manovici
Mara hopes to move her son from Romania to the U.S. and obtain a green card. But bureaucratic processes give way to authoritarian nightmares in this simmering social drama about American immigration and the institutional corruption of power.
After the movie ended, I heard a few murmurs. “Why is it called Lemonade?” was the one that made me shake my head the most. It’s the perfect title. Constantly making the best of a terrible situation, is the central theme.
This is not the sugar-coated version of the American dream. There are all kinds of barriers that come up that no one could even plan for. Yet, she persists. She believes in a better life for her and her child. It’s heart-breaking, it’s painfully real, and yet incredibly hopeful.