At the beginning of the 1950s, due to some circumstances, a student ends up as a political inmate. In less than a few years, inside the dark cells of the Security, socialist reformations turns him into a monster.
A victim of diabolic manipulation pursued by a perverse and corrupted system, this man goes beyond the limits of human endurance, denying his own identity, in order to embrace the Party Doctrine, in the most unspeakable way.
This movie comes as a sincere and original approach of the controversial phenomenon inside Pitești Penitentiary, of which historian Francois Furet, member of the French Academy, believes to be “the most terrible inhuman experiences of our age”. His opinion is also supported by the 1970 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature, Alexandr Soljenitin, who defines Romanian Socialist Reformation as “the ultimate contemporary barbarism”.
“Herman” is a disturbing, yet fascinating story, born out in the unsettled times at the beginning of the regime, when the line between friends and foes was almost invisible. It is a terrifying account of self betrayal, faith, family and origin denial. Pretty much everything that lies at the core of human foundation.