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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2006)

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu



Critic Consensus: Shot in naturalistic style, this is a powerful indictment of absurdity and indifference in the face of human suffering.

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One evening, Mr. Lazarescu, who lives alone, feels a bit dizzy. He finally ends up being driven away in an ambulance, which is the start of a tragicomic odyssey. Each doctor who examines him arrives at an entirely different diagnosis, and his emergency treatment is incessantly postponed. The physicians are deaf to the entreaties of the patient and his friends, and they are devoid of sympathy for the elderly Mr. Lazarescu as he again plunges into the Bucharest night.more
Rating: R (for language and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Cristi Puiu, Razvan Radulescu
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 12, 2006
Tartan Films - Official Site


Ion Fiscuteanu
as Mr. Lazarescu
Luminita Gheorghiu
as Mioara Avram
Doru Ana
as Sandu Sterian
Dana Dogaru
as Miki Sterian
Florin Zamfirescu
as Dr. Ardelean
Bogdan Dumitrache
as Medic at Spitalul Sf...
Dan Chiriac
as Trial Medic at Spita...
Clara Voda
as Dr. Gina Flip
Simona Popescu
as Assistant at Spitalu...
Adrian Titieni
as Dr. Dragos Popescu
Mihai Bratila
as Dr. Breslasu
Dorian Boguta
as Ambulance Driver
Mimi Branescu
as Dr. Mirica
Laura Cret
as Echograph Medic at S...
Alexandru Fifeu
as Virgil, Stretcher C...
Rodica Lazar
as Dr. Serban
Florina Alina Glezne...
as Assistant at Spitalu...
Mirela Cioaba
as Marioara
Tidor Hristescu
as Doctor Kelemen
Rodica Ionescu
as Assistant at Spitalu...
Cerasela Iosifescu
as Assistant at Assista...
Irina Kozsar
as Assistant at Spitalu...
Calin Adrian Puiu
as Stretcher Carrier at...
Anca Puiu
as Vecina
Emil Puiu
as DL Sandu
Iuliana Puiu
as Dna Sandu
Smaranda Puiu
as Smarandu
Jean Lorin Sterian
as Medic at Spitalul Un...
Marian Stoica
as Patient of Spitalul ...
Maria Serb
as Assistant at Spitalu...
Andrei Serban
as Stretcher Carrier at...
Cristian Turungiu Io...
as Stretcher Carrier, S...
Lorena-Andrada Zabra...
as Assistant at Spitalu...
Alexandru Cristian P...
as Stretcher Carrier at...
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Critic Reviews for The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (26)

Both sad and darkly funny, the film is so sharply conceived and richly populated that it often registers like a Frederick Wiseman documentary, even though everything is scripted and every part played by a professional.

Full Review… | December 26, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's something about Fiscuteanu's quietly desperate performance (with much of the emotion conveyed through his eyes), that gets under your skin.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

As commentary, it's grim. As filmmaking, it's a powerfully disturbing odyssey through the Bucharest health care system.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A tour de force of cinema verite with astonishing performances by a huge cast of small players.

Full Review… | July 13, 2006
Washington Post
Top Critic

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu seems effortlessly observed, even improvised, but it's actually a wonder of choreography, rhythm and social commentary.

Full Review… | June 8, 2008
Paste Magazine

blending social commentary with spiritual allegory, it traces one man's nocturnal descent into the Circle of Hell that is Romania's healthcare service

Full Review… | June 15, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Death of Mr. Lazarescu


A suffocating and emotionally stressful drama/social commentary that, made with a gripping naturalistic approach, impressed me most by the real way that it shows how people can be cruel and indifferent to human suffering only to display in the next moment a surprising amount of compassion.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


this is a good film, but the humor is so dark that you won't find yourself laughing. the cinema verite styling works well with the content, adding to the existential questions raised within the film. if you can't bear hospitals and imminent death, do not attempt to watch this movie.

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" is about Dante Remus Lazarescu(Ion Fiscuteanu), a 62-year old retired widower, who lives in an apartment with his three cats. One Saturday he has a severe headache while vomiting blood. At night, he calls for an ambulance after his condition has not improved. Certainly, he should be feeling better once the ambulance takes him to the hospital. Right?[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" is a downbeat and detailed epic of one ordinary man's descent into the medical world of Bucharest.(But before that can start, he is judged by his neighbors and found guilty of the sins of drunkenness, living in an unclean apartment and favoring the company of cats over humans.) The movie is not about the state of medical care in Romania("The Barbarian Invasions" makes a much better criticism of its own country's hospitals.) but that sometimes ordinary mortals and their concerns pale in comparison to much larger events.(Lazarescu just had the bad luck to fall ill the same night as a calamitous bus crash.)[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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