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Romeo
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Eliza
Rares Andrici ...
Marius
Lia Bugnar ...
Magda
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Sandra
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Chief Inspector
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Valeriu Andriutã ...
Suspect no 4
Eniko Benczo ...
Mrs. Mariana
Ioana Chitu ...
Paramedic (voice)
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Suspect no 1
Petre Ciubotaru ...
Vice-Mayor Bulai
Constantin Cojocaru ...
Locksmith
Gelu Colceag ...
Exam Commitee President
Mihai Coroianu ...
Suspect no 3
Alexandra Davidescu ...
Romeo's mother
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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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There is no musical score in the entire film. Only music played over the radio and the sounds of phones ringing. See more »

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References The Graduates (1986) See more »

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Ani de liceu
Performed by 'Stela Enache'
Written by Florin Bogardo
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Complex issues are handled with great care and compassion
21 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When a man's daughter is assaulted the night before her final exams, her future, which he has set up so well, is thrown into question. Graduation is all about the lengths a father is willing to go for his children. Whether motivated by selfish reasons or genuine desire, the father wants nothing more than to get his daughter out of the morally corrupt environment that permeates their town. To accomplish his plans however, he starts to cross lines and partake in the system he openly reproaches. Christian Mungiu tackles these sensitive topics with care and compassion. Using long takes and unobtrusive camera work, Mungiu emphasizes character above all else. Every character is redeemable in some manner, but no one is innocent. Though the ending brings in an unnecessary police investigation that seems to beat the point home, it is redeemed by the haunting final image that gives a lot of disastrous implications about generational connections. As favors and obligations start to stack up, the father becomes entangled in a web of questionable decisions. The question ultimately becomes, "do good reasons make up for bad decisions?"

Graduation (2016) Directed by: Cristian Mungiu Screenplay by: Cristian Mungiu Producers: Cristian Mungiu Starring: Rares Andrici, Valeriu Andriuta, and Eniko Benczo Run Time: 2 hours 36 minutes


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