35th Molodist International Film Festival Kyiv

22.10.2005 to 30.10.2005


Paired Off
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A young shoemaker tries to find the right pair of shoes for everybody.

We find that this film is a praise of beauty, of joy, of life. In our world of today – full of anger, pain and unhappiness – this humorous and well made film has an important message: that life is a gift, a gift that we have to take care of.

And the symbol: that everybody needs to have the right shoes to be able to walk safely around on this earth is simple, intelligent and funny.

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The first impression is that this is another holocaust film, but this film opens a new aspect, because the point of the film is not the evil and stupidity and violence, but it is about a young man, who has to cope with adult life after the evil events.

In his long speech at the end of the film he points out, that what he sees around him in Budapest after he has returned, is the same kind of indifference as before he was taken away. And that it was in the camp, that he learned about self-esteem, about care for each other, about real humanity. Maybe it sounds absurd, but so it is.