Be strong and never step back.
Didn’t realize it was a documentary; cameras seemed too close for action to be spontaneous.
Turns out to be a profile of a particular Romanian roughside:
Where two of the children overcome
What they say what they say
Shot over 15 months, Alexander Nanau’s immersive documentary “Toto and His Sisters” offers a fascinating and disturbing entree into the lives of three kids in a Bucharest slum. Lensed largely at their eye level, and devoid of any visible trace of directorial participation, the film is a powerful look at siblings who might have had a chance to escape the tentacle-like grip of drugs, poverty, and a monstrous mother. It’s this fleeting possibility of hope that makes “Toto” such a deeply distressing experience, inevitably calling into question the ethical boundaries of the genre: Is intervention possible?
People do not choose to be bad.