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State of Things (1995)

Stare de fapt (original title)
A story of revolution, betrayal, corruption and wrongful imprisonment, as well as human character and strength while facing them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberta Costineanu
Andrei Secosan
Dan Condurache ...
Petrache Maxentiu
Officer Muresan
Officer Cretu
Muresan's wife
Mara Grigore ...
Nurse from TV station
Cornel Scripcaru ...
Major Leo
Silviu Stanculescu ...
Maxentiu's father
Cristian Iacob
Andrei Catalin Baleanu
Constantin Ghenescu
Viorica Vatamanu
Maria Junghetu ...
(as Maria Junghietu)
Radu Panamarenco


A nurse and her boyfriend, a doctor, take in a wounded young man that knocks on their door. He was injured during protests against the communist regime. They take care of him and take him to the hospital where they work. The next morning, the nurse finds him in the morgue, shot in the head. Both of them are pressured by agents of the communist secret police (Securitate) to forget everything. While the doctor gives in, the nurse refuses even though she is being threatened, framed, imprisoned, beaten, tortured and raped. Written by Julien M.

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8 December 1995 (Romania)  »

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Romania's official submission to the 69th Academy Awards (1997) for Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

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7 July 2010 | by (Herzlya, Israel) – See all my reviews

The facts in Stare de fapt (which roughly translate into 'state of facts' or 'reality') are brutal. It is the first fiction film that I saw dealing directly with the events of December 1989 and their aftermath. The hero of the film is a young woman, a physician superbly acted by Oana Pellea. In the night between the two worlds, when the Romanian youth take the streets and the Communist regime tries to repress the revolt, she makes love with her colleague (a divorcée), then they drive in the city and collect a young boy with a bullet wound. They take care of him, take him to the hospital, the wound in the stomach is not critical, but in the next morning they find him dead with a bullet hole in his head. The secret police officer forces them to sign a false death certificate. A few days later she finds herself in the national TV station apparently under attack by terrorist. She recognizes the secret police officer, now having crossed the lines on the side of what should be the Revolution. She is marked as a danger to speak the truth, they try to silence her, she does not accept and decides to stand for the truth.

The first third of the film reconstituting the events of December 1989 is in my opinion the best. The low quality of the film combined with the good camera work by Alexandru Solomon (himself later a well-known documentary director) plays well in this case giving to this whole part an air of authenticity. The TV studios were the center stage of the events which were labeled worldwide as the first revolution broadcast live on TV. In reality there was a lot of confusion, it was not clear who shoot on whom, many victims could have probably been avoided. It was a time when truth and lie, terrorist and revolutionary, patriotism and corruption, good and evil, which should have been departed at a crucial moment in the history of Romania mixed again in the painful start of a new period in the history of the country, maybe not as bad as the previous one, but much more confusing.

Following the destiny of the young woman for the rest of the film, director Stere Gulea makes a bitter and pessimistic commentary not only about the events of 1989 but also about what followed. The woman gets caught into a web of lies and repression that should not have existed after 1989. Her oppressor (also admirably acted by Razvan Vasilescu) becomes part of the new regime apparatus, but he eventually disappears as well, maybe his existence having become too inconvenient for the new bosses. The father of the killed boy whom the woman meets in the cemetery does not know and does not want to know how he died, he is rather angry that such a good boy as he was did such a bad thing getting killed in the streets. The full new society seems to ignore its heroes, seems to refuse to hear the truth.

The film is not perfect. Despite the dramatic events and tragic destiny put on screen the second part of the film has too many holes and inconsistencies in the story building. It's more a collection of memorable moments that a story well told. The symbolism is poignant but too heavy. Yet it is impressing and the quality resides in the bluntness of the saying.

The last scene of the film is a childbirth - painful and bloody as any childbirth, but also a reason of hope. Yet, there is no smile on the face of the mother, just her eyes are open interrogating about the future.

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