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22 September 2005 (Romania) See more »
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Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A Hellish Ride See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ion Fiscuteanu ... Mr. Lazarescu (as Ioan Fiscuteanu)

Luminita Gheorghiu ... Mioara Avram
Doru Ana ... Sandu Sterian

Dorian Boguta ... Ambulantier (as Doru Boguta)
Dana Dogaru ... Mihaela Sterian
Robert Bumbes ... Robert
Bogdan Dumitrache ... Medic, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon

Dragos Bucur ... Misu
Dan Chiriac ... Medic triaj Spitalui Universitar
Laura Cret ... Medic ecograf, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Mihai Bratila ... Dr. Breslasu

Monica Barladeanu ... Mariana
Alexandru Fifea ... Brancardier, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Mimi Branescu ... Dr. Mirica

Rodica Lazar ... Dr. Laura Serban
Alina Berzunteanu ... Dr. Zamfir
Florina Alina Gleznea ... Asistenta, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Tudor Hristescu ... Dr. Kelemen
Simona Popescu ... Asistenta, Spitalui Bagdasar
Mirela Cioaba ... Marioara
Rodica Ionescu ... Asistenta, Spitalui Universitar
Cerasela Iosifescu ... Asistenta, Spitalui Filaret
Irina Kozsar ... Asistenta, Spitalui Universitar
Iulia Lazar ... Asistenta. Spitalui Filaret
Serban Pavlu ... Gelu
Alexandru Potocean ... Brancardier, Spitualui Bagdasar (as Alexandru Cristian Potocean)
Calin Puia ... Brancardier, Spitalui Universitar (as Calin Adrian Puia)
Anca Puiu ... Vecina
Emil Puiu ... Dl. Sandu
Iuliana Puiu ... Dna. Sanui
Smaranda Puiu ... Smaranda

Gabriel Spahiu ... Leo
Jean Lorin Sterian ... Medic, Spitalui Universitar
Mariana Stoica ... Pacienta, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Maria Serb ... Assistenta, Spitalui Bagdasar
Andrei Serban ... Brancardier, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Adrian Titieni ... Dr. Dragos Popescu
Cristian Turungiu ... Brancardier, Spitalui Universitar

Clara Voda ... Dr. Gina Filip
Ionel Zaharia ... Brancardier, Spitalui Universitar
Florin Zamfirescu ... Dr. Ardelean
Lorena-Andrada Zabrautanu ... Asistenta, Spitalui Universitar
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Directed by
Cristi Puiu 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cristi Puiu 
Razvan Radulescu 

Produced by
Alexandru Munteanu .... executive producer
Bobby Paunescu .... producer
Anca Puiu .... line producer
Anca Puiu .... producer
 
Original Music by
Andreea Paduraru 
 
Cinematography by
Andrei Butica (hand camera)
Oleg Mutu 
 
Film Editing by
Dana Bunescu 
 
Casting by
Ana Szel 
 
Production Design by
Cristina Barbu 
 
Costume Design by
Cristina Barbu 
 
Makeup Department
Silvana Bratu .... makeup artist
Lidia Constantin .... key hair stylist
Lidia Ivanov .... key hair stylist
Maria Savulescu .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tudor Hristescu .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Radu Jude .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Constantin Fleancu .... sound editor (as Titi Fleancu)
Constantin Fleancu .... sound
Cristian Tarnovetchi .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Georgiana Creanga .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Silvana Bratu .... still photographer
Adrian Sandor .... focus puller
Octavian Sotir .... camera loader
 
Casting Department
Alexandru Costin Stefan .... casting coordinator
 
Editorial Department
Maria Murgu .... dailies colorist
 
Other crew
Oana Giurgiu .... location manager
Ana Lungu .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Moartea domnului Lazarescu" - Romania (original title)
"The Death of Mister Lazarescu" - Canada (English title) (festival title), International (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and brief nudity
Runtime:
150 min | Romania:153 min (original version) | Hong Kong:153 min
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The film was shot in 45 days and edited in 38 days.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
In Apa MariiSee more »

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106 out of 114 people found the following review useful.
A Hellish Ride, 23 September 2005
Author: FcPoliFan from Timisoara, Romania

Mr. Lazarescu: nearing 63, lives alone with his three cats, underwent surgery due to ulcer, has a sister still living in Romania and a daughter who left (it seems) unannounced and moved to Canada. This is the man: old, alone and ill. A terrible fate.

Puiu's movie, inspired from true events (some years ago, a man was transported from one hospital to the other with a most tragic consequence) follows its protagonist through the final stages of his life: feeling ill, Lazarescu calls for an ambulance and awaits its (delayed) arrival drinking and making telephone calls. As the hands of the clock turn and the ambulance is nowhere to be heard or seen, the old man goes next door, trying to get some help from the neighbors: a stereotype of their kind. Once the ambulance finally arrives, Lazarescu embarks on a most dreadful road trip, from hospital to hospital, in an elaborate attempt to diagnose and operate him. The story begins.

It would be unfair not to acknowledge the film's authenticity from the outset. Truly segmented - as the director himself affirmed, regarding "Lazarescu" as the first in six stories about the Romanian capital - in several (short) "stories of Bucharest", we meet most intriguing characters and situations, each of them highly rewarding on different levels. Good doctors, bad doctors, grumpy doctors, snobbish doctors, pitiful doctors - all the guys and girls our great medical system can offer. Still, some continue to resemble human beings, which - to a certain degree - is quite an achievement.

The bad light Puiu sheds on them may be diminished by the fact that the night Lazarescu chose to fall ill was most unfortunate: a terrible car accident filled most of the hospitals so that it was extremely difficult to find a place for an old, drunk man who was automatically labeled as a drinker and treated as such. Few characters in the film show authentic sympathy for Lazarescu, as most of them just want to get on with the job and do themselves a greater good. There is no such concept of readiness to help a fellow man struggling between life and death: commodity reigns. Unlike Lazarus, our main character will most probably not rise from the dead. And the people who still stand and didn't give their everything are up to their throats in guilt.

But this is the terrible, depressing half of the story. A most regretful reality. Cristi Puiu's and Razvan Radulescu's (a bit overlong) script is at times filled with moments of sheer irony, sarcasm and cynicism, all worth their laughs. Some of these moments are brilliant. Lazarescu is witty and gutsy, as long as he can talk. He is a man who - despite what others think - wants to stand up for himself and would rather not let anyone treat him like scum. Sadly, though, all is part of a gigantic vicious circle: doctors remain people and patients are not at all different. Flawed. Yet, there is a question of humanity and dignity involved. A choice between what is right and what is easy, as the saying goes.

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