“Look, otter poo!” shouts one of the boys who are sailing through the moor in a small boat. The oldest of them is about to pull a young swan out of the thicket. After pouncing on it, he releases it and a short time later dives under the surface of the water with a fish he has just caught in his mouth. This has always been the home of the Enaches, nine children and their parents – in a hut in the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta. But when the government declares the urban delta a nature reserve, the family is forcibly relocated to the city and confronted with a reality that is completely foreign to them.
Radu Ciorniciuc’s heartbreaking debut is a thoughtful study of gentrification, seen through the eyes of a family trying to adapt to the new life they never wanted.