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The Graduates (1986)

Liceenii (original title)
The love story of two tenth-graders in Romania before the revolution.

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Stefan Banica Jr. ...
Mihai
Mihai Constantin ...
Ionica
Oana Sîrbu ...
Dana
Cesonia Postelnicu ...
Geta
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Serban
Tamara Buciuceanu-Botez ...
Isoscel
Ion Caramitru ...
Socrate
Silviu Stanculescu ...
Serban's Father
Dorina Lazar ...
Serban's Mother
Sebastian Papaiani ...
Mihai's Father
Cristina Deleanu ...
The High-school Principal
Iarina Demian ...
Dana's Mother
Liviu Craciun ...
Dana's Father
Mihai Mereuta ...
Doorkeeper Pandele
Catalin Paduraru ...
Vlad
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The love story of two tenth-graders in Romania before the revolution.

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Amazingly charming
9 April 2004 | by (Timisoara, Romania) – See all my reviews

Times really have changed, that's for sure. Unity is gone and so, who cares for more but himself? Too few, that's for sure. This is the only piece of fact I was able to extract intact from the film. The only intriguing idea. The rest is easily forgettable.

The story itself did make me raise my eyebrows in disagreement, but I can hardly criticize things which I could not live through. As a whole, the story isn't even the real issue. It will make you smile, grin and maybe think a bit, but I consider this to be a film for the youth, a message to a certain extent. It's easy to connect to it, in this regard, but I fear the movie falls far short of delivering to its full potential. The fault lies at the actors, who are terribly stiff and almost repugnant in their ignorance. The closest to being an actor comes the one who plays Ionica, the troublesome best friend of lead actor Stefan Banica. By far the worst acting performance I have seen in a long, long while is the one of Oana Sarbu who is so distant and so lacking expressivity that all her charm and beauty can not compensate enough.

In total contrast to the disastrous acting is the main theme which simply reaches exhilarating heights. In a funny kind of way, that is. It generally gives the monotonous scenes some flavor and were it not for this, I don't think I could've bared to watch the whole movie.

Sure, it isn't something you'd necessarily be proud of. I wouldn't. Still, it's fine enough not to bore to the core and, despite those terrible acting performances, I'd suggest it for a beautiful summer day. I suppose it's got an undeniable charm - innocence and youth in the system, or something like that. 5.5/10


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