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Role Model

English title: Role Model
Original title: Vzornik
German title: Role Model
Slovenia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Italy, 2023

Director: Gazvoda, Nejc
Production company: Perfo Production
Length: 98 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Maja (45) and Jan (14), mother and son, live in an apartment building in a small, unnamed town. Recently divorced, Maja is a psychologist at a nearby primary school, where Jan goes, and is currently in the final grade. The film starts in the last days of April 2020, with strict anti-epidemic measures implemented in school. Jan is extremely lonely, hurt by his parent's divorce, and suffering abuse in school. His new schoolmate is Jakob, who tried to commit suicide unsuccessfully. Maja is in charge of Jakob's rehabilitation, but Jakob is a part of a gang that terrorizes the children, especially Jan. If Jan wants to survive these last months, he has to lose the mysterious title of “sunshine” that bullies have given him. Jan finds solace in a mysterious man, also named JAN, who is living in a flat opposite his and is as violent as he is infantile. Meanwhile, Maja starts to drink again, feeling lost and pressured by newcomer Neja, a chillingly kind and competitive young psychologist.

Just Film CFF Tallinn 2023, Cottbus IFF 2023

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