Valdas Navasaitis worked in Siberia with director Sharunas Bartas on one of his films and studied at the Moscow Film Institute, where he was seen as one of the most promising directors from Lithuania, evoking surprise with his poetic documentaries.
In Perpetuum mobile, his second feature after The Courtyard (1999), he reveals himself to be a master of restrained acting and barely revealed narrative lines. In this, he created paradoxically enough a very outspoken film about the midlife crisis of several friends. It focuses on Ron, a divorced man with a small son he doesn't see very often who wastes his time with drinking and playing cards in the bar run by his childhood friend Adi. Here he meets Dina, an intriguingly beautiful woman who seems to have her own bond with Adi. When Ron is thrown out of the bar for being drunk and in debt, Adi steals the takings and they set off on an impetuous adventure, she more determined than he.
Navasaitis does not film with grand gestures but allows his characters to play out sharp dialogues in the constellation of old friendships within which fidelity but also misty dependencies shape the course of events. When Ron and Dina have holed up for a long time and are able to take the great step overseas, young love gets bogged down. In Perpetuum mobile, male comradeship triumphs over romantic love. (LC)

Filmmaker
Valdas Navasaitis
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Lithuania, France
Year
2008
Medium
35mm
Length
86’
Language
Lithuanian
Producer
Uljana Kim, Philippe Avril, Galina Kim
Production Company
Studio Uljana Kim, Unlimited
Sales
Studio Uljana Kim
Writer
Valdas Navasaitis
Cinematography
Vladas Naudzius
Editor
Valdas Navasaitis, Danielius Kokanauskis
Production Design
Agne Rimkute
Sound Design
Vladimir Golovnicki
Music
Arturas Anusauskas
Cast
Dainius Gavenonis
Website
http://www.naudzius.com/