Movie Review – Malmkrog

Malmkrog (Cert 15) Digital/VOD (Distributor: Sovereign Film Distribution) Running Time: 200 minutes approx. So you invite a few friends around for dinner, naturally you talk a lot. Once you are done chewing the fat, the conversation turns to heavier subjects - politics, religion, morality, the meaning of life - and you learn more about your … Continue reading Movie Review – Malmkrog

The Whistlers (La Gomera)

The Whistlers (La Gomera) Romania (2019) Dir. Corneliu Porumboiu Remember when Lauren Bacall told Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not that to whistle, “You just put your lips together and blow”? Well, it would appear that it isn’t so simple, according to some countries where techniques differ quite substantially and the whistle has … Continue reading The Whistlers (La Gomera)

Graduation (Bacalaureat)

Graduation (Bacalaureat)   Romania (2016) Dir. Cristian Mungiu Parents will do anything for their children. That is a given. But how much is too much? And who ultimately suffers if it gets out of hand - themselves or their children? Romania’s top social chronicler Cristian Mungiu returns with another sharply observed essay, wrapped around a slow … Continue reading Graduation (Bacalaureat)

Tuesday, After Christmas (Marti, dupa craciun)

Tuesday, After Christmas (Marti, dupa craciun) Romania (2010) Dir. Radu Muntean Love triangles are arguably one of the most popular – or hackneyed – “go to” story ideas for writers and filmmakers alike. It really doesn’t matter what the setting is, the circumstances, the location or in what era it takes place, the central premise … Continue reading Tuesday, After Christmas (Marti, dupa craciun)

Child’s Pose (Pozitia copilului)

Child's Pose (Pozitia copilului) Romania (2013) Dir. Calin Peter Netzer Bucharest socialite Cornelia Keneres (Luminita Gheorghiu) is a well connected architect as well being a domineering mother. One night, through her equally affluent socialite sister Olga Cerchez (Natasa Raab), Cornelia learns that her estranged son Barbu (Bogdan Dumitrache) was involved in a car accident that … Continue reading Child’s Pose (Pozitia copilului)

Beyond The Hills (Dupa dealuri)

Beyond The Hills (Dupa dealuri) Romania (2012) Dir. Cristian Mungiu Returning from Germany after trying to escape the poverty of her native Romania, Alina (Cristina Flutur) is reunited with her childhood friend and lover from the same orphanage Voichita (Cosmina Stratan), who she is surprised to find is now a novice nun in a strict … Continue reading Beyond The Hills (Dupa dealuri)

Aurora

Aurora Romania (2010) Dir. Christi Puiu Normally I begin a review with a summary of the plot but Cristi Puiu, the man who gave us the sublime 2005 opus The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, has delivered a film that makes this usually simple task quite an impossible one. It involves the daily comings and goings … Continue reading Aurora

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier)

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier) Romania (2010) Dir. Florin Serban Two weeks before his release from prison, youth offender Silviu (George Piştereanu) receives a visit from his younger brother (Marian Bratu) with news that their estranged mother (Clara Voda) has returned from Italy after an absence of … Continue reading If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier)

Amen.

Amen. Germany-Romania-France (2002) Dir. Costa-Gavras Word War II and chemist Kurt Gerstein (Ulrich Tukur) joins the SS party in the belief that his water purification process, which uses a hydrogen cyanide mixture called Zyklon B, will help the soldiers on the frontline. However he is appalled to learn that it instead has been adapted for … Continue reading Amen.

California Dreamin’ (Nesfarsit)

California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit) Romania (2007) Dir. Cristian Nemescu During the Kosovo War of 1999 a train carrying NATO equipment en route to Yugoslavia is escorted by a platoon of US marines, headed by Captain Doug Jones (Armand Assante). When it passes through the small backwater village of Capalnita the train is halted by corrupt station … Continue reading California Dreamin’ (Nesfarsit)