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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.

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Gelu Colceag ...
Exam Commitee President
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Marius
Petre Ciubotaru ...
Vice-Mayor Bulai
Alexandra Davidescu ...
Romeo's mother
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Albu Marian
Gheorghe Ifrim ...
Agent Sandu (as Gigi Ifrim)
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Gelu
Orsolya Moldován ...
Csilla
Tudor Smoleanu ...
Doctor Pandele
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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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Effortless, Subtle and Insidiously Naturalistic. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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20 May 2016 (Romania)  »

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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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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 »

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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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References Bullitt (1968) See more »

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The Cold Song
Music by Henry Purcell
Performed by The Deller Consort
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Another wonder of Romanian cinematography
17 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Fist of all, Romanian movies are the most unique movies I've ever seen, so they deserve to be watched and talked about among those who watch. Bacalaureat (Graduation) is an example how you can make a masterpiece without extraordinary script, how you can see the very best of acting without some special dialogues, effects, etc. For those who are admirers of Hollywood this is not a perfect thing to watch. There is nothing special in this movie, nothing extraordinary, uncommon... However Bacalaureat is one of the most beautiful thing I've seen during the last few years. Romanians should be teachers to the other directors. I'm not sure if Romanians should say "thanks" to communism and isolation during the last century, I am not sure whether this is their way to express the feelings that they've had in the past. I am sure that this movie is a diamond among overambitious titles.


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