THE LOST SON
Meeting again after a decade, two brothers have to face the consequences of violence in their childhood.
ANDREJ (38) is a policeman, working on domestic violence cases. He lives with his girlfriend ANNA (28). On the job he is sent on a police intervention where he runs into his violent brother KRISTIAN (35), whom he hasn’t seen for ten years. Kristian is married to KSENIJA (35) and they have a son DAVID (5). At the same time Anna has a doctor’s appointment. Later on the same day Andrej tells her for the first time that he has a brother. Anna is shocked because Andrej kept this information from her for so long and does not tell him why she’s been at the doctor’s.
Andrej reestablishes some kind of a relationship with his brother who he has mixed feelings for, including feelings of guilt, having left him and their mother with his violent father. He discovers that Kristian is violent to Ksenija, and probably also to David, but he still spends quite a lot of time with him and tries to find the reasons for this violence. At that time Andrej’s behaviour is getting increasingly uncontrolled, reflecting Kristian’s.
On the job, Andrej is working on a domestic violence case of ŽAN (15). The line between work and his private life, while involved in the case, is getting increasingly blurred.
For this reason, as well as because he is becoming more violent in everyday life, Andrej starts to get high more often, taking prescribed and illegal drugs. Anna struggles with Andrej’s sudden changes. She tells Andrej that she is pregnant. He is euphoric at first but later on he is no longer so sure. Anna can’t take his changeable moods any more so she pulls back.
In a rush of rage Andrej almost kills a rapist and has to get off the field. When Andrej fails to help Žan in a crucial moment, he resorts to violence. That is the last straw for Andrej.
Kristian is getting increasingly aggressive. At that time Anna decides to have an abortion due to Andrej’s aggressive behaviour and their unstable future together. Spending more time with Kristian and his son, Andrej is gradually discovering that the reasons for his own and Kristian’s current state are rooted in their childhood. He tells Anna that he decided to have the baby with her. When she tells him, she had an abortion, they both break emotionally. They decide to give their relationship another chance.
One night Andrej has a missed call from Ksenija who is asking for help because Kristian is raging. On coming to their apartment Andrej discovers that Kristian killed Ksenija. Andrej removes David and faces Kristian. Kristian asks Andrej to kill him. Andrej leaves him his gun and leaves the apartment.
Darko Štante is a director/screenwriter from Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has a master’s degree in film directing from the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana. Before that he has finished a bachelor’s degree in Social work on the Faculty of Social work in Ljubljana. Among other he has made the shorts ”Intimacy” (2011) and ”Them” (2014).
”Consequences” (2018) is his feature debut. It had it’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2018. Since then it has been selected for several film festivals and was mostly positively reviewed by the press (Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, Variety etc.).
”Consequences” was awarded at the 21stFestival of Slovenian Film for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, audience award and the Fipresci award. It was awarded the Art Cinema Award and Adolph Zukor Prize at the 15thMiskolc International Film Festival in Hungary, Crossing Europe Award – YAAAS! at the Crossing Europe film festival Linz , Special mention at the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film, Best European Award at Pristhina International Film Festival and the Jury Prize at FEST International Film Festival, Belgrade.
”Consequences” was distributed in north America, France, Germany, Taiwan and Spain.
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