Five and a Half Love Stories in an Apartment in Vilnius, Lithuania
Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, 2023
An Irish hen do have a raucous evening, which doesn’t make everyone in attendance happy. A couple from Israel are trying to have a child while confronting their family history and noisy neighbours. A faded pop star looks for company. A young gay man tries to impress a new love. An elderly couple seek some respite. These unconnected incidents happen at the same address and any evidence of their happening is wiped away by a quiet cleaning lady in between episodes. Tomas Vengris’ ambitious, elegant film presents these moving stories of love and tragedy from an Airbnb apartment in Vilnius, and celebrates the elusive beauty in ordinary lives.
Hadar Ratzon Rotem