Director: Viera Cákanyová | Slovakia 2010 | 80 min
What happens when the camera ends up in the hands of the film's subject-matter. The Czech pensioner Miss Oldriska lives an isolated indoor life, suffering from Alzheimers. With her absolute access to the camera, she guides the audience into her world, where we from our peephole in the camera - in what has to be described as absolute vérité style - are involved in a person's life, but are also forgotten on the kitchen table. With the apartment as the eternal focal point, we start guessing Olda's transformed world, where rose-red communism had to make way for the grey shades of capitalism. The film gives us a total and rare look at a locked-in life, and it paints an unembellished portrait of an Alzheimers mind. In spite of the story's dark subject matter, however, "Olda" never becomes oppressive, as ones time is spent in good company, and the many stormy laments about a world that is out of joint often take on the form of a comical one-woman show. The individual and the project come together to form a union, and Olga's long monologues are the framework for a two-room chamber piece with an almost trance-like subjectivity. This apartment is definitely worth a visit.
Olda (Slovakia, 2010, 80 min.)
Director: Viera Cákanyová. Producer: Viera Cákanyová.
Dialogue: with Danish Subtitles.