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Graduation (2016)

Bacalaureat (original title)
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A film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role.

Director:

Cristian Mungiu

Writer:

Cristian Mungiu
10 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Titieni ... Romeo Aldea
Maria Dragus ... Eliza Aldea
Lia Bugnar ... Magda
Mãlina Manovici ... Sandra
Vlad Ivanov ... Chief Inspector
Gelu Colceag Gelu Colceag ... Exam Commitee President
Rares Andrici ... Marius
Petre Ciubotaru Petre Ciubotaru ... Vice-Mayor Bulai
Alexandra Davidescu Alexandra Davidescu ... Romeo's mother
Emanuel Parvu ... Prosecutor Ivascu
Lucian Ifrim ... Albu Marian
Gheorghe Ifrim Gheorghe Ifrim ... Agent Sandu (as Gigi Ifrim)
Adrian Vãncicã Adrian Vãncicã ... Gelu
Orsolya Moldován Orsolya Moldován ... Csilla
Tudor Smoleanu Tudor Smoleanu ... Doctor Pandele
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Official Site | Official Site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

Romania | France | Belgium

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

20 May 2016 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Graduation See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Canal+,Ciné+,Eurimages See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

References Bullitt (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Ani de liceu
Performed by 'Stela Enache'
Written by Florin Bogardo
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A realistic portrayal of a Romanian family in crisis
1 July 2017 | by Will JefferySee all my reviews

A realistic Romanian drama about the struggles, compromises and implications of the parent's role in a family. This is a really intelligent, well made film that gives a bleak representation of contemporary life in Romania, particularly the youth who are told by their previous generation that they must hope and start fresh in a depressing state, though they are searching for their identities themselves. I liked that the film didn't stretch the emotional depth to a point that it seemed too unlikely or cliché but rather describe an honest family situation. It did in places fall flat but it's ambiguous ending alludes to the mysteries and uncertainty of life which serves the premise of the film nicely.


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