Boogie (Summer Holiday) (2008)



Critic Consensus: Tough, bittersweet and sharply observed Romanian drama, with impressive and intelligent directing.


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A night out with the boys becomes an eye-opening experience in this comedy-drama from Romanian filmmaker Radu Muntean. Bogdan (Dragos Bucur) is a guy in his early thirties who is married to Smaranda (Anamaria Marinca); they have a four-year-old son, Adrian (Vlad Muntean), and another baby is on the way. While Bogdan loves his wife and is doing well running a furniture company, sometimes he thinks about his carefree younger days and wonders if he's made the right choices in life. Bogdan, Smaranda and Adrian head off to a seaside resort for a few days of vacation; Bogdan and Smaranda have a spat and he wanders off into town, where to his surprise he happens upon Sorin (Mimi Branescu) and Vali (Adrian Vancica), two friends from his high school days. Sorin and Vali invite "Boogie," as Bogdan was nicknamed back in the day, to join them for an evening of carousing, and as they hit the town for an evening of boozing and chasing local streetwalker Ramona (Roxana Iancu), Bogdan notices that while he's grown a lot over the years, his buddies have hardly changed a bit since they were teenagers, allowing him to see what his life could have been without marriage, parenthood and responsibility weighing him down. Boogie was screened as part of the Directors' Fortnight series at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Dragos Bucur
as Bogdan "Boogie" Ciocazanu
Anamaria Marinca
as Smaranda Ciocazanu
Vlad Muntean
as Adrian 'Adi' Ciocazanu
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Critic Reviews for Boogie (Summer Holiday)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Naturalistic performances, long takes, unfussy edits and a story that unfolds over a few hours are all present and correct.

Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
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Three 30-somethings relive their gloriously lurid college days for one night only in Radu Muntean's Boogie, a restrained and honest look at the male midlife crisis in an embryonic state.

Jan 20, 2009 | Full Review…

Hampered by pacing that borders on glacial, the performances infuse the story with lingering melancholy.

Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Small but sharp and extremely well observed.

Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

An impressive chamber piece by a director who needs watching.

Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is a tough, shrewd, intelligent movie.

Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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