QUIT STARING AT MY PLATE
NE GLEDAJ MI U PIJAT
2016, 105 min, Croatia, Dir: Hana Jušić

Echoing early Todd Solondz and Aki Kaurismäki, this humanist character study never wallows in its depressive subject matter or misses a chance for mordant humor. Mia Petričević stars as a 24-year-old woman who becomes the sole breadwinner for her poverty-stricken family after its patriarch has a stroke. Ultimately a tale of interdependence and our protagonist’s sexual awakening and newfound freedom from generational, psychological and physical abuse, PLATE serves up a uniquely nonjudgmental and compelling story of how we’re all just trying to survive and find happiness as best we can. Winner of six awards at the Pula Film Festival, including Best Director and Best Actress.