Out of enthusiasm, a Militia soldier abandons his platoon and decides to fight for the cause of the Revolution. His Lieutenant and the rest of the crew look for him during the confused night of 22-23 December 1989.
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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 ... See full summary »
Wanting to follow the current trend, Francesca, a young teacher from Bucharest, is eager to emigrate to Italy. Unfortunately,whilst desperately seeking support from those nearest and ... See full summary »
Velicanu considers himself a fulfilled person. He's got money, a new villa, married a younger woman and has a son from a previous marriage. Before the holidays he has to leave everything in... See full summary »
15 years ago, Luiza decided to make a fresh start in Spain. She left her 3-year-old daughter Cristina in the care of her relatives and took off. When she returns to Romania, the woman ... See full summary »
If you want a movie in Hollywood's sense of entertainment, this is not it. The pace is slow, and over the whole of the 2 hours very little happens. There is no spy catch or car chase. To stick to realism, the film has no score.
If you want a psychological experiment, well... You are knocking on the right door. This is a voyeuristic "big brother" into the intimacy of a family. An ideal family, as you might think towards the beginning of the movie. The parents are old now, the father is afflicted by illness, but even so, they talk nicely and support each other. The younger daughter lives in the same city and we understand remains in close contact with her parents. The older daughter, Felicia, has left a while ago, but still comes back regularly to the nest. You can't but be impressed by the amount of motherly love she receives. And then it only takes a missed flight for things to turn upside down. Is there such a thing as "too much motherly love"? The film would argue that "yes". At times, I felt like screaming at the mother "give her a break!". With a mother who is too busy to give waves and waves of what she thinks is "tender loving care", but it's only done for her to feel satisfied, with no regard for the subject, the daughter's character ends up broken: she cannot assert herself, has a failed marriage and broken and superficial relationships. All painstakingly revealed scene after scene, in the film's flawless construction. The culmination is in Felicia's outburst at the end, which I'm glad I had the patience to stay and watch.
This is not a film for everyone, and even then, it's not for every mood.
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