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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:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$79,943, 24 September 2006
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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

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 »

Connections

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

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Cum e oare?
Written by Madeleine Fortunescu and Florin Bogardo
Performed by Margareta Pâslaru
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Kafka and Mr. Lazarescu
29 September 2005 | by flasussSee all my reviews

Winner of the Un Certain Regard in Cannes, is like a version of "E.R" truly realistic, with the good, bad, indifferent, attentive, humble, arrogant, and, above all, human doctors. The title-character is far from being a hero, but that makes it easier to sympathize with him, which is essential here: we really feel like we were Lazarescus, going from hospital to hospital waiting for the help, never being treated properly, and the situation getting worse and worse as times goes by. Puiu's creates a documentary-like atmosphere to an almost Kafka-like situation, and fills the movie with dark humor and moments which can be shocking, but are never there just for that purpose. The entire cast delivers solid performances, specially Fiscuteanu as the remarkable Lazarescu Dante Remus and Luminita Gheorghiu as the paramedic. Reminded me of Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man" (one of his best and certainly the most overlooked), another documentary-like film about a man in a absurd, but also realistic, situation in a system that doesn't care about him. One of the best pictures of 2005.


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