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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.


Cristi Puiu
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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)


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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Mark Cousins wrote about The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005): "This long night's journey into day is one of the highlights of 21st century realist cinema. It's compassion and detail link it back to movies like Bicycle Thieves (1948), and its dramatic arc makes it feel like an Edward Albee play." [Romanian Film Season in Edinburgh, 2015] See more »


Marioara: I'm ready Virgil, come get him and take him to Anghel!
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Chemarea marii
("Si-n apa marii")
Performed by Margareta Pîslaru
Music by George Grigoriu
Lyrics by Mircea Block
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It's amazing to see this movie rated as comedy
11 November 2005 | by cristi007See all my reviews

It's amazing to see this movie rated as comedy, and reading other people's comments I see the reasons it's so well rated differently. This movie it's a hard to swallow. Not comedy, maybe drama, supra-realistic. It's incredible for most of the people in most civilized countries that what you see there is what happens as a routine in Romania. No wonder Romania's minister of health didn't want to be present at the premiere in Bucharest. This movie is a very realistic reflection of what old or seek people get in Bucharest after paying their medical assurances for a lifetime. Of course it's a movie and there are also side aspects; but seeing the action.. it was nothing new for me. I've been through it with someone very dear to me, and i know what's happening in those hospitals.

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Release Date:

22 September 2005 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Romania See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,880, 30 April 2006

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mandragora See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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