Lidia (2020)


2.5 stars


In this world, an individual can never live independent of a parental relationship. In that too, the maternal relation plays the central role. A child is brought, groomed, and made feel special being by a mother's role.

Lidia Russian short film
Yana Lyapunova (Lidia)
Judy Ibelhautaite has skillfully put a sensitive plot into an almost single sequence short film

Lidia is a Russian short film directed by Judy Ibelhautaite, a London based director originally hailing from Lithuania. The film is based on a girl "Lidia" being mistreated by her mother. This 5-minutes sequel is a blend of values found or presumed in parental relationships.

The film was shot in a small kitchen. On her 24th birthday, Lidia expects something surprising for her, but unexpectedly she indulges in a confrontation with her mother for being mistreated. She hears her mother and sister dialogues and finds them taking her for granted. The innately unexpected birthday environment compels her to confront her mother and acknowledge that she was never wanted. Her mother's strange and non-affectionate dialogues make her mediocre, and she finds how her birth was horrible to her mother.


In this globe, an individual can never live independent of a parental relationship. In that too, the maternal relation plays the central role. A child is brought, groomed, and made feel special being by a mother's role. Every child associates solutions, surprises, and care with a mother, who makes them feel secure and dear. But how the non-affectionate treatment by a mother can scatter a child. What can this result, if experienced the condition of a child and mother confronting such situation in reality. This is brilliantly displayed in Lidia.


Judy Ibelhautaite has skillfully put a sensitive plot into an almost single sequence short film where characters are so naturally resembled. The lead cast Yana Lyapunova performed the full weight role of Lidia with a firm grip. Anna Tilbury's antagonist role as Lidia's mother turns to be the backbone of this short film Lidia. Similarly to making the emotions live, Viktorija Juhnevica performs the daughter's role splendidly, making the comparison of two contrast roles interesting.

The cinematography of the play is average, lacking the creation of mood for a motion picture. Lightning technics are suitable, but adding music to support the flow of emotions and proper color grading would have made this film stand as a classical social movie.


The scenes and roles in this movie depict the reality of Lidia's situations; therefore, it is recommended to watch.


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