Fifth about The Seventh

God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya (Gospod Postoi, Imeto i’ e Petrunija)

God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya: it is clear what the aim of director Teona Strugar Mitevska is with this drama: to denounce the treatment of women by the establishment of her society as citizens of second class. It is a good fight, but alas it gets on the way of having cohesive, satisfying storytelling. The problem starts with the protagonist; little is shown of her inner workings, so she seems mostly a passenger of the circumstances, in a way. A deeper character would allow for a more in-depth, richer discussion of the patriarchal society she lives in; as it is, the film paints her as a victim of many types of bullies, and little else. The performance of Zorica Nusheva is quite solid, playing well the oft-abused young woman who clearly has more going on for her than people give her credit. The filmmaker makes some choices with the framing of director of photography Virginie Saint-Martin that don’t land: they just seem off, without adding much.

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