Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
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 »
Alina and Voichita have been friends since their orphanage days. And they have been lovers since they became sexually mature. But despite their oath of mutual fidelity, Alina, who could not bear poverty any more, emigrated to Germany where she became a barmaid. Now she just could not take the estrangement from Voichita and today she is back to Moldavia with a view to taking Voichita along with her to Germany. The only trouble is that in the meantime her girlfriend has betrayed her in falling in love with... God! Voichita indeed now lives in a convent where she plans to make vows. The priest agrees, if somewhat reluctantly, to accommodate Alina before their (hypothetical) departure. He sees all too well that not only is the young woman materialistic but hostile and troublesome as well... Written by
Why does Mungiu choose to tell the story this way?
The storytelling it's so cumbersome and extremely slow paced that I lost my patience throughout the film, but curiosity pushed me to watch more. The film itself is strong, resounding and intimately upsetting, it deals with superstitions, possession and exorcism and focuses on the close friendship between two women, Voichita and Alina.
What surprises me is Mungiu's fine eye for treatment of the subject, impartial and detached from his characters emotions, slowly uncovering the mystery. The ending is complicated, but somewhat understandable as the events are taking place "behind the fences" of a monastery and there it must end for the viewing eyes of the spectators. In other words it poses no answers, particular to Mungiu's work.
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