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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefan Banica Jr. ...
Mihai Constantin ...
Oana Sîrbu ...
Cesonia Postelnicu ...
Tamara Buciuceanu-Botez ...
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 ...


The love story of two tenth-graders in Romania before the revolution.

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The success the movie had and still has isn't just chance.
5 March 2005 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

Nowadays, this movie is being looked at with detrimental eyes. I just have to admit that I had this very attitude until today, when I had the chance to watch the movie again.

I've read now how the director chose a soundtrack and found out that the lyrics we all know - and consider them as naive or even foolish - provoked several arguments and were about to be censored. It wasn't comfortable at all to do a film about the 'madding' teenagers together with their hopes and beliefs. Yet the script hasn't touched any problems but the ways of building relationships between students, love matters and a few nasty things the children were doing (although those seem to us as no big deals today, they were biting against the regime of those years).

It is obvious (and not only to me) that the film hasn't got any real merit with the way it was directed and none of the actors tells apart (although there were involved great performers, they weren't given the occasion to be remarkable here). I found that the real value is held in the way the script came to reduce all the emotional tension of the characters altogether in some simple schemes without dissolving them into caricatures. I'll take for support the reveries that conceal Mihai at all times when he thinks it'd fit to approach Dana. I think the most interesting moment in the movie is the very end - the flash just before the two kiss. The director Corjos tried to prove by this that it would have been pointless to let the action prolong, while we could guess much of the subsequent minutes. (As a matter of fact, the two haven't actually kissed not a single time during the shooting.)

Having all these in mind, I marked the film with 7 stars out of 10, and don't say I'm too demanding - just think that I've started from 1 to 10 by increasing the score and not the other way round. I mostly hope this will be read by those who had a bad opinion towards the movie - maybe they'll have their minds changed a little.

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