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CIFF 2016: “A Mere Breath,” “The Student”

One of the most remarkable aspects about Monica Lãzurean-Gorgan’s Romanian film, “A Mere Breath,” is the fact that it hardly feels like a documentary. None of the subjects acknowledge the presence of a camera, while the formal compositions are evocative of Haneke and Bergman. I could imagine both filmmakers eagerly gravitating toward the subject matter explored here by Lãzurean-Gorgan.
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