Everyday God Kisses Us on the Mouth
In fiecare zi Dumnezeu ne saruta pe gura
Someone who kills animals is a butcher, and someone who kills people is called a murderer. Dumitru (40) is both. When he is released from prison, he resorts to his old practices on the way home by train: a card game with gypsies gets out of hand, leading to a death. Initially he seems to get away with it. Back home, his younger wife is waiting for him. Then he finds out that his brother has made her pregnant. Driven by revenge, another murder follows, and that won't be the last: Dumitru becomes a serial killer. His life is unbearable. But when he wants to die, he finds out he can't: God has other plans for him.We have to hope that Everyday God Kisses Us on the Mouth does not serve as a parable for the moral situation of Romania. The power of the film is partly to be found in the pitch black portrayal of the convinced brute even if it looks as if other emotions are possible for the butcher towards the end. Due to the fact that Dragin (whose Long Journey by Train was seen in 1999 in the 'After the Fall of the Wall' programme) chose largely for black and white and a murky style with magic moments, he places his film in a long tradition of realistic fairy tales from Eastern Europe.