Movie Review – Graduation (2016)

Graduation, 2016.

Written and Directed by Cristian Mungio.

Starring Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Rares Andrici, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici, and Vlad Ivanov.

Synopsis:

A film about compromises and the implications of the parent’s role.

Immediately jumping out at the viewer is the fact that Graduation (from Romanian writer and director Cristian Mungio, who has also crafted well-received works such as Tales From the Golden Age and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) doesn’t really follow around its unfortunate rape victim Eliza (who is not only on the verge of graduating high school, but is undergoing a series of final exams that will greatly affect her future), choosing instead to focus on how her father Romeo handles the terrible situation and pending consequences.

To say that Romeo makes every incorrect decision possible wouldn’t necessarily be false, but he is behaving irrationally and willing to bend the rules for the sake of
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