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A disorganized look at the plight of Europe’s largely invisible Roma population.


Get used to looking at this corn field. You will do it a lot if you watch Revision. (Hot Docs)

DIRECTED BY PHILIP SCHEFFNER (Germany, International Spectrum)


Wednesday, May 2, 3:30 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox 3 (350 King Street West)

Friday, May 4, 9:45 p.m.
Royal Cinema (608 College Street)

Saturday, May 5, 3:30 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox 4 (350 King Street West)

Revision tries to explain the story behind the cover-up of the murder of two Roma men in Germany. Sadly, it does not succeed.

We’d love to tell you more about what this film is about, but Revision makes very little sense. This is potentially due to poor translation, but definitely due to poor editing and directorial choices that leave us looking at shots of cornfields for way too long, and fail to link the content of one interview to the next. The film’s focus, on a crime that happened 20 years ago, means many of its subjects remember very little about the details and leaves the point of interview after interview rather unclear.

The production values are equally unimpressive: black screens appear throughout and the audio dips in and out. Many of the “interviews” are actually shots of the subjects listening to audio of interviews they gave moments earlier. It’s a little much.

To sum up: Revision is what a movie would be like if it were made by a person who had never seen a movie before. Truth.

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