CAST: Ioana Bugarin (Cristina Tofan), Emanuel Pârvu (Marius Preda), Cezar Antal (Batin), Ovidiu Crișan (Macarie), Valeriu Andriuță (Albu) | SCREENPLAY AND EDITING: Bogdan George Apetri | CINEMATOGRAPHY: Oleg Mutu | SOUND: Karel Zámečník, Jiří Klenka, Mārtiņš Rozentāls | PRODUCTION DESIGN: Mihaela Poenaru | COSTUMES DESIGN: Liene Dobrāja | PRODUCTION: Bogdan George Apetri, Oana Iancu
Drama – Romania / Czech Republic / Latvia – 2021
Divided into two chapters, Miracle follows young nun Cristina (19) as she sneaks out of her isolated monastery to attend to an urgent matter. Her enigmatic journey takes her all around town, but she is seemingly unable to solve her problem and find the man she is looking for. Out of options, she returns in the evening only to meet an unexpected fate on her way back to the convent. The second part of the film deals with Marius Preda (44), a determined police detective trying to understand what happened to her. Marius retraces Cristina’s journey, step by step, through all the places she visited. In a perfectly mirrored structure, his investigation uncovers clues and revelations leading not only to the unfathomable truth behind Cristina’s mysterious actions, but possibly, to an actual miracle as well.
The film does not aim to prioritize a realistic view of the world over a mystical conception. The story works well both from the pragmatic point of view of viewers for whom faith has no meaning, and from a religious, supernatural and immaterial perspective. The film does not want to give answers, but suggests different possible paths to reach a mysterious, unique and unrepeatable point of arrival in the soul of each spectator. And this happens by highlighting the realistic approach to a story which, on the other hand, can also be interpreted entirely in a spiritual key.