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A fost sau n-a fost?, (12:08 East of Bucharest) Reviews

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Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist

...12:08 East Of Bucharest doesn't pretend to have a position on the fallout of the Romanian Revolution. Instead it contends that different questions need to be asked and considered about post-Communist life...

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: A

December 7, 2013
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Dry comedies from eastern Europe tend to cast a skeptical eye on anything and everything, which is certainly the case with Corneliu Porumboiu's debut feature.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 4, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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12:08 East of Bucharest is easier to admire than enjoy, funnier to describe than actually watch.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

November 30, 2007
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

The movie provokes low-key laughs (yes, it's a comedy), but with a sad overtone.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3/4

October 12, 2007
Stuart Klawans
The Nation

You will laugh till the streetlights blink on again in the damp Romanian twilight.

Full Review Source: The Nation

October 6, 2007
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Porumboiu's satire about history and short memories is a modest, deadpan masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/6

October 6, 2007
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle

While 12:08 East of Bucharest could take more than one viewing to truly appreciate, it's worth the commitment.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 6, 2007
Martha Fischer
Cinematical

Dryly funny throughout its first half, the film truly comes to life in its final 45 minutes.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

October 6, 2007
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Porumboiu's minimalist approach concentrates the movie's focus on its mournful characters, so disillusioned with their post-Communist life they question the history that led to it.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 28, 2007
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The self-indulgent 12:08 East of Bucharest certainly takes its time getting to the point. In fact, the first third of this film could have been trimmed without much damage. And this Romanian comedy-drama is only an hour and a half in length.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

September 27, 2007
Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
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12:08 East of Bucharest cleverly takes on the aftermath of the December 1989 revolution in Romania that resulted in the overthrow of Nicolae Ceaucescu. It's a movie that seems simple, yet its subtle and brilliant complexity is not to be denied.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

September 14, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The film leaves off on a perfect note of hopeful melancholy.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 13, 2007
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Human, savvy, funny, well observed; kudos to director Porumboiu for making something from nothing

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

August 23, 2007
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Extremely clever filmmaking--sharp and very funny, but also challenging and packed with relevance.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

August 17, 2007
Derek Malcolm
This is London

The only problem with the new Romanian cinema seems to be titles few can easily remember - but some eccentricity is permissible when the films are so good.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

August 17, 2007
Anthony Quinn
Independent

A melancholy rumination on the failed hopes of Eastern Europe after the Cold War, infused with a sense of farce and the irrecoverable nature of the past.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 4/5

August 17, 2007
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

A terrifically droll and slyly incisive comedy.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

August 17, 2007
Martin Hoyle
Financial Times

The central European tradition of failed aspirations, lost ideals and forlorn eccentrics goes back to early Forman, or indeed Chekhov, but the Latin Romanians bring their own awareness of the distant big city alternately beckoning and frightening.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

August 17, 2007
Andrew Pulver
Guardian

It won the best first film award at Cannes; somehow, it doesn't seem quite substantial enough to justify that accolade.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

August 17, 2007
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Beautifully observed and very funny, this film is a real treat.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

August 17, 2007
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