The first day of high school is very stressful for 12-year-old Nadia. That may be true for any any seventh grader starting at a new school, but Nadia has been worrying for weeks. So much so that she is feeling physically ill. She is a bright and openhearted young lady, but as her teacher says, there's something special about her. In the short documentary Nadia's tics, she tells us about the days leading up to her first day of school. She candidly explains how she struggles with her obsessive-compulsive neuroses and anxieties, aided by the motto: to think + to do = to dare. School isn't the only thing making Nadia uneasy; daily life has plenty of surprises that make her feel anxious as well.
In Clejani, a village in southern Romania, luck has turned since the recent death of the oldest musician, the violinist, Nicolae Neacsu. It is as if he had carried off with him into the beyond the last bearings of a still viable world. Jobless, the young musicians lounge around with their low spirits. They have only one street to stroll down in summer and hang around in winter. "Life is screwy. One day youâre happy, the next day youâre sad". Marius takes up his accordeon and plays a gypsy blues, a typical Clejani melody. Just to chase away black thoughts and the money-lenders who would strip you of your last penny. Just to attract the pretty girls and, who knows, Johnny Depp, who had apparently promised to come all the way to be his youngest childâs godfather. Money-won, stolen, borrowed or exchanged-is the only way out to elude the fate that grips the small gypsy community.