‘Murina’ Film Family friction roils a celebratory gathering

Family friction roils a celebratory gathering beneath the Adriatic sun

in Croatian filmmaker Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic’s drama, named

best debut feature at Cannes. As the stunning Murina opens, a blue

expanse of water fills the frame like a painterly abstraction. Two

divers drift into view, otherworldly in their masks and flippers and

seemingly united in their spear-fishing mission. Once they’re back in

the sunlight, though, their moray-eel prey dying in a pail between them

on the boat, the man and his 17-year-old daughter are not in harmony.

They might even be mortal enemies. With an exceptional quartet

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