Written by Sophia Romma, Absolute Clarity is based on a play by Edward Radzinski. Yuri Joffe directs.
The piece is a cinematic, tragicomic coming-of-age story. Its central character, Claire, is a lonely lover, an irreverent dreamer, a rebellious daughter, and the obsession of jazz musicians. She evokes a number of Dostoyevskian themes as she lives in a world of melodies and double meanings: love is still love, even if it's imagined; death is still death, even if it's an accident. Claire struggles to actualize herself as an artist, fights for independence against her mother, briefly joins a pickpocket-filled jazz band, and revisits the lawyer and judge of her childhood custody trial, triggering disastrous consequences. Her world is populated by women who, like herself, grasp for kernels of happiness, and by men that they love and betray, who also abuse them mercilessly.