Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Graduation marks yet another well-written and powerfully acted look at morality and societal decay from writer-director Cristian Mungiu.

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Acclaimed filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days) returns with this searing human saga about a father driven to extremes in order to protect his daughter's future. Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) is a seemingly honest doctor who regrets having settled in his native Romania, a country still teeming with corruption and back dealings. He channels his ambitions for a better life into his teenage daughter, Eliza (Maria Dragus), who's just one exam away from securing a scholarship to a prestigious British university. But when Eliza is attacked on the eve of her test, endangering her ability to pass, Romeo takes matters into his own hands to ensure her success. Winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes, Graduation is a masterful look at the complex moral choices and compromises some people make when desperation takes hold.

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The cinematography, the dialogue and the performances, especially Adrian Titieni's as an earnest and anxious Mr. Fix-It, are impressively naturalistic.

Jun 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's ... insistent that life is a series of complex decisions, with fate intruding, and the path's never clear.

Jun 1, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It feels like nothing's happening until you realize everything is, right before your eyes.

Jun 1, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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Writer-director Cristian Mungiu continues his expert evisceration of his native Romania, and by extension, this whole rotten world and the people who make it that way, even as they convince themselves otherwise.

May 5, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

To Mungiu's credit, he makes it clear that, although the film is set in Romania, its moral quandaries could be taking place anywhere.

Apr 28, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"Graduation" has a lot on its mind, but is told in such an intimate way it's like eavesdropping on a conversation: the closer you listen, the more you'll hear.

Apr 28, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Graduation (Bacalaureat)

Mungiu uses his usual naturalistic style (with many long takes and even no score) to create a gripping criticism on Romanian society, showing a series of exasperating incidents that compel an honest and methodical man to do things he would never do in normal circumstances.

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