Constantin si Elena

Synopsis: A warm documentary about an elderly Romanian couple. Each day, they still manage to enjoy life and each other, but grieve over the finiteness of it all.
102 min


If we leave this here 'til morning...


I think it cracked.

Do you see the grease on the rim?


But it can't be!

- Then where is it from?

- I don't know.

Put that there!

Turn it a little.

And this...


- Don't walk on those sheet irons!

- OK, I won't.

You might fall in the fire!

Not that I mind it, but

you'll ruin my smoke-house!

- Oh dear!

- What "Oh dear"?

- Oh, dear, I forgot the bucket!

- Go get it then...

Hold this a little.

Let me just put a stick over there...

Have a sausage, everybody!

Yes, yes...

Hi, Liviu! Stop and have a bit of sausage.

Let me just take it out.

Here, fresh and tasty!

God bless you for it!

- May it be for the peace of your son's soul!

- God bless you.

Kiss your hand, Ma'am.

Hello, Liviu!

- I gave him a bit of sausage...

- Good for you.

- What have you done? Where did you put them?

- To have a taste...

- Ah! Put them here!

- Be patient! I have more...

- Careful! They might break!

- Here.



"Careful! They might break"...

Yeah, yeah... they just did...

- Not even a dog would eat this.

- Right!...

And the cat, always with us...

- Come, let's take it all at once!

- But we can't...

- Can't we? Even if we use the rope??

- No, no, don't bother.

Hold this for a second. I'll go up!

- Oh, my dear!

- But the light is not on up there!

It is, since last time. Go up!

Is it?

- Yes, I see it!

- Oh yes, I see it now.

Let's go back to the mill,

Let's go spin that wheel!


Stop there, take this first!

Oh dear, oh dear!

- Careful, the bucket is broken!

- No, it's not...

... It's not allowed to break.

Hey old man, where did you go?!


You climbed up, so stay there!

I stay here...

Why not? Did I put you up there?

Oh, dear! Will it work?!

I told you!

Hold it from that side!

I can't. I put the other one here!

Come, get it up!

Up we go...

Up with the crane!

Now, loosen it. Alright.

Let's see if I can untie it now...

This is a hell of a knot, mister!

- So the pig won't run away!

- Right...

- This sleigh we used, it was Ana's.

- Really?

Yes. I made it for her when she was little.

Now maybe Ioana will ride in it...

her daughter.

She could. But they rarely come over.

- They surely have another sleigh now.

- What?

- They surely bought another sleigh now.

- Yes, a modern one. A bob-sleigh, maybe.


We praise You, Lord...

What are you doing?

Leave the singing for the church!

Let me help you dress up now!

We praise You, God...

Come on!

We give thanks unto You...

And we pray unto You...

Come on! I want to see you dressed!

And we pray...

We pray...

Leave that on!

We pray...

Take this...


Listen... how many years have passed

since we got married?

Well... do the math.

- 9th of Feb... January...

- 9th of January...

- 1953...

- Yes.

And now we're in 2008...

So, this month we complete only...

My God, they're so many!

- What a winter we had then...

- You see... Snow was up to your waist.


What a winter, my dear!...

When I remember it...

As if it has never been...

Remember how they blocked our sleigh,

before the wedding?

- Oh, the "checkpoint" tradition.

- Yes.

- But you didn't give them anything...

- I did... I sure did.

- Ah, when they came at the wedding.

- Yes, yes, I gave them.

What a tradition that was!

I'll go take my watch.

So I'll know when to come back.

So many years have passed...

Good times, bad times... Sorrows and joys...


So many years...

No use to weep...

The years have passed, we got old...

Tomorrow or the day after... we'll be gone.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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