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

November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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 6, 2007
Porumboiu's satire about history and short memories is a modest, deadpan masterpiece.
Read More | Original Score: 5/6
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
August 17, 2007
Black comedy with a subtle political edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
August 16, 2007
Live television going down in flames is always good for a laugh.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 9, 2007
[It] builds a sly and unexpected human comedy out of a dispute over whether a revolution would still be a revolution if nobody showed up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 9, 2007
First-time director Corneliu Porumboiu's political satire is uproariously funny and bitingly critical of social hypocrisy before and after Ceausescu, and of the new forms of mythmaking and corruption that have replaced Soviet-style autocracy.
July 27, 2007
It's a dark little ride, but at the end the lights hesitantly flicker back on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 19, 2007
It's easy to end a film with the idea that life goes on. It's extremely difficult to make the cliche the only possible, necessary and satisfying ending. Porumboiu's film does that.
June 14, 2007
Corneliu Porumboiu's picture would submerge you in alcoholic despair if it weren't so damn funny. (That seems to be the Romanian mode of expression.)
June 13, 2007
12:08 East of Bucharest is a shrewdly built comedy, but the characters are broad-verging-on-cheap unholy hick fools.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 7, 2007
A bleakly hilarious movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 6, 2007
Though it is modest, almost anecdotal, in scale, 12:08 East of Bucharest is also characterized by a precise and sneaky formal wit.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 6, 2007
The most hilarious movie I've seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 6, 2007
A casually bleak and neatly structured ensemble comedy -- at once deadpan and bemused.
May 25, 2006
The buoyant little comedy 12:08 East of Bucharest puts its finger on the problem in the best tradition of East European humor, savvy but concrete, gentle but sharp as a knife.