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Despite these effective touches, the film eventually becomes a bit monotonous: it's clear from very early on that Cornelia is a terrible person, but this doesn't stop Netzer from hammering home the point.
Netzer crafts not only a chilling story of family dysfunction, but also an illuminating look into the corruption and decay of the Romanian bourgeoisie - without ever overplaying his hand. It all appears so effortless, when in fact it's so skillful.
It's well worth seeing, both for its merciless anatomization of the country's post-Ceausescu social order and for Gheorghiu's stupendous central performance as a mother so monstrous she makes Medea look like a pushover.
Netzer keeps faith with his countrymen's gritty aesthetic, which remains pure in the spirit of New Wave neo-realism; somehow, international success has not made the Romanians crave CGI or encouraged them to pander to hipness.
Netzer offers a bland simulacrum of documentary reality that lines up precisely with his clichéd prejudices. But in the few moments when spontaneous emotion takes over, surprising moments of grace arise.