Bucharest, Romania, 1989. Two families: the Vladus, working class, struggling to come to terms with a daughter’s yearning to escape to America, whatever the consequences; and the Antonescus, a professional family, accustomed to tailoring its conscience to suit the state. Then the revolution explodes in late December, overthrowing the oppressive regime of Ceausescu, changing their lives. Or does it really? There is hope, triumph and celebration at first. But the corrosive effects of the tyrannical regime soon take hold. New beginnings are thwarted, fear and weakness prevail, and the real truths of the December revolution are discovered.
Mad Forest takes a documentary approach in Parts I and II with a broad look at Romanian life. Part III begins an emotional involvement with the central figures.