The drone’s camera then detaches itself from this cheerful picture to slowly reveal Bucharest from above, juxtaposing the bustling capital with the habitat of young people. They are all part of the Romanian Enache family, an off-grid clan that has resided on a deserted reservoir on the outskirts of Bucharest (called the Bucharest Delta) for almost two decades. Considering that this is a tribe of eleven – parents Gica and Niculina and their nine children – it is fitting to think of the Enache as a small village that functions as a single unit in the first moments of the first impressive documentary. by filmmaker and investigative journalist Radu Ciorniciuc. It is a patriarchal group by all accounts where Gica calls with authority the blows. Yet all of its members serve a clear purpose in their unconventional life together. Living in extreme poverty in a homemade cabin alongside all manner of animals – pigs, chickens and dogs among them – every action is about survival for the Enache family in the absence of access to the basics of amenities urban.
In a way, “Acasa, My Home” is a true “Leave No Trace”, Debra Granik’s recent American drama about an off-grid father and daughter rejecting the conformities of a traditional society. As in this film, Ciorniciuc opens a non-didactic and non-judgmental window for the audience in an alternate world where parents raise their babies in the rules of nature and also deprive them of their vital rights, like safety and education. However, the children all seem to be well adjusted to the ins and outs of their pastoral way of life – when the relevant authorities and children’s services show up, there are routine discussions between them to hide in their usual places.
While those of us equipped with daily necessities might be inclined to judge the family’s treatment of the wildlife around them, the actions and existence of the clan make sense within the bounds of reality that Ciorniciuc (also one of the filmmakers) rigorously described with his sleek and elegant eye. level camera. (He stays in place and respectfully detached for the most part as subjects effortlessly enter and exit.) But the organic order of things comes to an abrupt, almost cruel end to the Enache when the Romanian government takes a planned step to convert. the land of their house in a so-called nature reserve. The officials arrive with their orders shortly after. And for a brief moment, Patriarch Enache receives a sort of contrived respect from them as a former gardener of the earth. Somewhere in the middle of the press circus, even Prince Charles makes a cameo to promote the project which is apparently of international importance. But things change when social services relocate the family to a crowded house where they would have to adapt to the rules of an ordinary community; something Gica had decided to avoid like the plague a long time ago.