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BIFF17 Graduation

15+ 128 MIN
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Synopsis

Master filmmaker Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes award-winning work is a beautiful meditation on the choices we make and their impact on ourselves and those around us.

Romeo (Adrian Titieni) is a middle-aged physician living in a tiny mountain town in Transylvania. He’s a good man, but his life and marriage are somehow simply stuck in the mud, here in this backwater where his dreams of making a difference have long since evaporated. His academically gifted daughter, however, has a chance to escape to an English university - but an incident on the eve of her scholarship exams puts that once-in-a-lifetime shot at freedom in jeopardy.

In a single chance meeting in the aftermath of this strife, Romeo could help his daughter by making a small choice - but while well-intentioned, it might not be the most principled thing to do. For Romeo, this simple decision sets off a chain reaction that moves further and further out of his control.

With a deft hand, Mungiu guides his players through an environment of social realism where the details and little decisions really matter. From a technical perspective, this is very fine filmmaking, particularly the director’s attention to performance and the always restless sound design.

Movie Information

Release date

Friday 18th August

Duration

128 min

Rating

15+

Genre

Film Festival



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