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

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Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
December 7, 2013
...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 | Original Score: A
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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 4, 2007
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.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
October 12, 2007
The movie provokes low-key laughs (yes, it's a comedy), but with a sad overtone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Martha Fischer
Cinematical
October 6, 2007
Dryly funny throughout its first half, the film truly comes to life in its final 45 minutes.
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle
October 6, 2007
While 12:08 East of Bucharest could take more than one viewing to truly appreciate, it's worth the commitment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
October 6, 2007
Porumboiu's satire about history and short memories is a modest, deadpan masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
October 6, 2007
You will laugh till the streetlights blink on again in the damp Romanian twilight.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 28, 2007
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
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
September 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 13, 2007
The film leaves off on a perfect note of hopeful melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 23, 2007
Human, savvy, funny, well observed; kudos to director Porumboiu for making something from nothing
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 17, 2007
Extremely clever filmmaking--sharp and very funny, but also challenging and packed with relevance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
August 17, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
August 17, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
August 17, 2007
A terrifically droll and slyly incisive comedy.
Martin Hoyle
Financial Times
August 17, 2007
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.
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
August 17, 2007
It won the best first film award at Cannes; somehow, it doesn't seem quite substantial enough to justify that accolade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
August 17, 2007
Beautifully observed and very funny, this film is a real treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 6, 2007
Porumboiu starts off making a mordant slice of life, but he gradually entwines the personal and the historical, then ends on a poignant note. The story and situation are slight, but in the best possible way.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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