Directed by Goran Stolevski, drama, comedy, 107 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Goran Stolevski
With Anamaria Marinca, Alina Serban, Samson Selim, Vladimir Tintor, Mia Mustafa
A story about a large unconventional family run by Dita, who never really wanted to be a mother but ends raising her girlfriend’s two daughters, tiny troublemaker Mia and rebellious teen Vanesa. While she runs the household and deals with everyday issues and fights, her big house continues to serve as an open-door safe shelter for other non-conformist young people of various backgrounds, sexual preferences, and mostly “quirky” characters.
This is a fascinating whirlwind of semi-improvised uncompromising taboo-less discussions, mixing languages (Macedonian, Romani, Albanian), and touching on often ignored issues such as LGBTQ rights, Roma discrimination, sexual freedom, injustice & violence. The film is an incredibly real invitation into a free-spirited house with an array of wonderful (not always likeable) characters trying to make the best out of their troubled lives. The astonishingly realistic acting by a mostly unprofessional cast, led by the excellent Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Europa, Europa), together with poignant handheld camerawork and witty story-telling makes Housekeeping for Beginners another strong proof of the emerging talent of Macedonian / Australian director Goran Stolevski.
The film premiered at the Venice film festival in September and is North Macedonia's submission for the Oscars.