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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

Moartea domnului Lazarescu (original title)
Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ion Fiscuteanu ...
Mr. Lazarescu (as Ioan Fiscuteanu)
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Mioara Avram
Doru Ana ...
Sandu Sterian
Dorian Boguta ...
Ambulantier (as Doru Boguta)
Dana Dogaru ...
Mihaela Sterian
Robert Bumbes ...
Robert
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Medic, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Dragos Bucur ...
Misu
Dan Chiriac ...
Medic triaj Spitalui Universitar
Laura Cret ...
Medic ecograf, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Mihai Bratila ...
Dr. Breslasu
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Mariana
Alexandru Fifea ...
Brancardier, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Mimi Branescu ...
Dr. Mirica
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Dr. Laura Serban
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Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him to another hospital and then yet another... As the night unfolds and they can't find a hospital for Mr. Lazarescu, his health starts to deteriorate fast. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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22 September 2005 (Romania)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,880 (USA) (28 April 2006)

Gross:

$79,943 (USA) (22 September 2006)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Acclaimed director Mike Leigh prepared in 2010 a list of his 10 favorite films for the website top10films.co.uk and included The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005) as his No.5. [Feb. 2010] See more »

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Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

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Performed by Margareta Paslaru
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Slow paced, but ultimately good movie.
6 November 2005 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that you remember because it was different from any other. Well, the Anglo-Saxon viewers will probably remember Bringing Out the Dead with Nicholas Cage and find similarities. But this is not a film that focuses on the characters, but on the system, the people are ordinary people with ordinary needs and flaws, working inside a system that itself is not perfect.

Don't get me wrong, this is not a movie that wants to shock by presenting horrible flaws in a medical system we all need to trust, it is a film that presents the system close to reality, maybe even in a better light than most of us Romanians see it, and still flawed.

The story itself is based on a true event and the end is completely non judgemental. You get to see it and think about it, that is it. The true beauty of the film is the normality of every situation, the calm or unrest of people that is completely ordinary and the way it drags the subject of the movie (Lazarescu himself) from a sickly lonely old man, but otherwise a normal human being, to the end.

I think it is a good film overall, a great film as Romanian films are concerned, and also a good watch for non Romanians as well.


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