We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

Lauded indie film uses porn to launch a discussion on Jewish persecution in Romania

19 8 12
28.11.2021

JTA — It begins with a hardcore sex scene. It ends with a debate about Holocaust education.

This is the strange and — for better and worse — unforgettable world of “Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn,” an oddball Romanian arthouse film that saw its US release in New York on November 19 (an on-demand release is to follow) after winning the prestigious Golden Bear at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival and being selected as the country’s Oscar entry for best international film.

Coincidentally, Romania recently enacted a law making Holocaust education mandatory in all high schools — a development that the history teacher at the center of “Bad Luck Banging” would likely meet with some skepticism.

In the movie, which was filmed and set during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, a history teacher at an elite Bucharest prep school (Katia Pascariu) films a sex tape with her husband and uploads it to an adult website. After her students find the video, she risks losing her job. The first third of the movie shows the teacher, Emi, wandering around Bucharest. The second is a discursive detour: in Godardian fashion, the film presents various words and concepts and defines them as it sees fit (“Children: Political prisoners of their parents”). The film’s final third depicts a climactic parent-teacher conference, during which Emi must defend her reputation against irate parents who are demanding her head on a platter.

It’s during this segment that the storyline suddenly pivots into a discussion of Romanian antisemitism. As the parents work to gather additional evidence to support their claims that Emi is an immoral teacher, they point to her lessons on the........

© The Times of Israel


Get it on Google Play