- In Retrospect
Tatjana Božić is afraid that the relationship with the great love of her life might be over soon. Again. But enough is enough. In order to save her current love, the filmmaker starts out to search for the reasons that have caused her perceived incapacity to have a lasting relationship. She tracks down her temporary partners one after the other to talk with them and find a pattern in her unsuccessful relationships. As it turns out, this is not at all easy, for her first romantic love, Pavel from Moscow, can hardly be compared with the self-sacrificing relationship she had with the Croatian macho Vjeran, for instance. The reasons for separating, too, were different in each case. Or can the root of all love troubles possibly be found in her childhood?
A loosely arranged set of video diary entries, interviews with former lovers and home movies from childhood years turn into an emotional roller coaster ride through Božić's past – with stops across all of Europe. This full-length debut feature by Croatian-born Božić is a self-portrait which is as outspoken as it is intimate and funny; en passant it illuminates blind spots of passion-driven minds and shows cultural differences in the way in which relationships are maintained and roles are distributed.
Director Happily Ever After
Tatjana Božić, Alexander Goekjian
Croatia | Netherlands 2014