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

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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
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.
November 30, 2007
12:08 East of Bucharest is easier to admire than enjoy, funnier to describe than actually watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 12, 2007
The movie provokes low-key laughs (yes, it's a comedy), but with a sad overtone.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2007
Dryly funny throughout its first half, the film truly comes to life in its final 45 minutes.
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
October 6, 2007
Porumboiu's satire about history and short memories is a modest, deadpan masterpiece.
Read More | Original Score: 5/6
October 6, 2007
You will laugh till the streetlights blink on again in the damp Romanian twilight.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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
September 13, 2007
The film leaves off on a perfect note of hopeful melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 23, 2007
Human, savvy, funny, well observed; kudos to director Porumboiu for making something from nothing
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2007
Extremely clever filmmaking--sharp and very funny, but also challenging and packed with relevance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
August 17, 2007
A terrifically droll and slyly incisive comedy.
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.
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
August 17, 2007
Beautifully observed and very funny, this film is a real treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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