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Bacalaureat (2016)

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A film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role.

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Exam Commitee President
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Marius
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Vice-Mayor Bulai
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Romeo's mother
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Albu Marian
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Gelu
Orsolya Moldován ...
Csilla
Tudor Smoleanu ...
Doctor Pandele
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Romeo Aldea (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding - Eliza has won a scholarship to study psychology in the UK. She just has to pass her final exams - a formality for such a good student. On the day before her first written exam, Eliza is assaulted in an attack that could jeopardize her entire future. Now Romeo has to make a decision. There are ways of solving the situation, but none of them using the principles he, as a father, has taught his daughter. Written by 69th Cannes International Film Festival 2016

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Bruising, Powerful Drama... Completely Compelling! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Recycling Feelings  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,305, 7 April 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$175,975, 9 June 2017
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There is no musical score in the entire film, only 'diegetic music', meaning from sources existing in the fictional world of the narrative itself. See more »

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Romeo: Eliza, you have to do your best. It'd be a pity to miss this chance. Some important steps in life depend on small things. And some chances shouldn't be wasted. You know, in '91, your Mum and I decided to move back. It was a bad decision. We thought things would change, we thought we'd move mountains. We didn't move anything. I have no regrets, though. At least we tried...
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References The Graduates (1986) See more »

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Stabat Mater RV 621
Music by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Andreas Scholl with Ensemble 415
Conducted by Chiara Banchini
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Gives a complete joy of cinema, without forcing aesthetic concerns
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I have seen "graduation" at Filmekimi film festival in Istanbul today. Apart from the plot and impressive acting, I would like to point out a compelling detail about the movie: More than many times we watch the Romeo peeling and slicing several fruits such as apple, lemon and orange very skilfully, implying the analogy between this diligent action and his career as an experienced surgeon. There were also some hints in the movie resembling somewhat Nuri Bilge Ceylan's films. (Breaking of window glass in very first scene, suspicious interventions of the private life, etc). Nevertheless, Bacalaureat is a good sample of cinema which maintains the tension and asks unanswered questions throughout.


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