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Magda
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Sandra
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Romeo's mother
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Gelu
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Csilla
Tudor Smoleanu ...
Doctor Pandele
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Romeo Aldea (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding - Eliza has won a scholarship to study psychology in the UK. She just has to pass her final exams - a formality for such a good student. On the day before her first written exam, Eliza is assaulted in an attack that could jeopardize her entire future. Now Romeo has to make a decision. There are ways of solving the situation, but none of them using the principles he, as a father, has taught his daughter. Written by 69th Cannes International Film Festival 2016

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Bruising, Powerful Drama... Completely Compelling! See more »

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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20 May 2016 (Romania)  »

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Recycling Feelings  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,305 (USA) (7 April 2017)

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$67,178 (USA) (21 April 2017)
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There is no musical score in the entire film, only 'diegetic music', meaning from sources existing in the fictional world of the narrative itself. See more »

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Romeo: Eliza, you have to do your best. It'd be a pity to miss this chance. Some important steps in life depend on small things. And some chances shouldn't be wasted. You know, in '91, your Mum and I decided to move back. It was a bad decision. We thought things would change, we thought we'd move mountains. We didn't move anything. I have no regrets, though. At least we tried...
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References The Graduates (1986) See more »

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Stabat Mater RV 621
Music by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Andreas Scholl with Ensemble 415
Conducted by Chiara Banchini
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life in alternating steps between corruption and honesty
27 September 2016 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

There is no doubt , Cristian Mungiu is a fine director. Ten minutes into the film you can see that clearly. He is not scared to diverge from the path , f.e , a tracking shot with a shaking camera. Yes this has been done in some other films such as the realistic cheap horror flicks "REC" or "blair witch project" but its hardly the same.

The protagonist (the father) carried the film with no problem. The other characters were okay as well.

The plot was interesting and refreshing , but it did repeat itself in the second half of the film somewhat. That was the only problem i had with it. Photography was great , even though it's just an ugly romanian little town with projects and not much architecture , yet the colors within that mundane environment were rich and fine.

Overall it is a thoughtful film that raises questions on the sacrifices that are needed in life , and also of various little tricks and gimmicks one should be aware and keep an eye on. In the end , honesty and corruption can often change hands , you just have to deal with the card you've been dealt. A serious good film , if you want a fine social drama.


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