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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

Moartea domnului Lãzãrescu (original title)
Mr. Lãzãrescu, a dying old man, is shuttled from hospital to hospital by a loyal paramedic as doctors refuse to operate and no one can agree on a diagnosis.

Director:

Cristi Puiu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doru Ana Doru Ana ... Sandu Sterian
Monica Barladeanu ... Mariana
Alina Berzunteanu Alina Berzunteanu ... Dr. Zamfir
Dorian Boguta ... Ambulantier (as Doru Boguta)
Mimi Branescu ... Dr. Mirica
Mihai Bratila Mihai Bratila ... Dr. Breslasu
Dragos Bucur ... Misu
Robert Bumbes Robert Bumbes ... Robert
Dan Chiriac Dan Chiriac ... Medic triaj Spitalui Universitar
Mirela Cioaba Mirela Cioaba ... Marioara
Laura Cret Laura Cret ... Medic ecograf, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Dana Dogaru Dana Dogaru ... Mihaela Sterian
Bogdan Dumitrache ... Medic, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Alexandru Fifea Alexandru Fifea ... Brancardier, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Ion Fiscuteanu ... Mr. Lazarescu (Domnui Lazarescu) (as Ioan Fiscuteanu)
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Storyline

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 to another hospital and then yet another... As the night unfolds and they can't find a hospital for Mr. Lazarescu, his health starts to deteriorate fast. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

22 September 2005 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,880, 30 April 2006

Gross USA:

$80,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$216,922
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mandragora See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in 39 nights in real hospitals. It was edited in 38 days. See more »

Quotes

Marioara: I'm ready Virgil, come get him and take him to Anghel!
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Connections

Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Cum e oare?
Written by Madeleine Fortunescu and Florin Bogardo
Performed by Margareta Pâslaru
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A stunning evocation of real-time medical hell
17 November 2005 | by Chris KnippSee all my reviews

Shown at the New York and Chicago film festivals, October 2005. A Tartan Films release in the US, limited release scheduled for May 2006.

Puiu was inspired at nineteen by Jim Jarmusch's "Stanger Than Paradise" to become a filmmaker. He says "ER" is syndicated in Rumania: "When you watch the American show, there's movement in every direction, the choreography of the characters is amazing -- but I can't believe any of it." In "Mr. Lazarescu" Puiu does an "ER," Rumanian style. There's movement in only one direction -- following sixty-something Lazarescu, a drinker with a sore belly and a terrible headache, on a Saturday night in Bucharest when there has been a bad bus accident, after he calls 911. Puiu throws out hints of profundity with names in the script like Lazarus, Virgil, Dante, Remus, and Angel; and the trek from hospital to hospital as Lazarescu's diagnosis changes and his condition worsens can be seen as a journey through Hell. But the film didn't win the Un Certain Regard top prize at Cannes this year because of any message. It's Puiu's attention to detail, the precise planning of dialog and camera positions that gives a sense of documentary accuracy to the action and makes the film compulsively watchable and somehow unique and yet universal.

A splendid movie. Probably one of the top five selections of the New York Film Festival. There is much that can be said about it but really only one thing need be said: see it as soon as you can. Watch for a DVD release.


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