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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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Mungiu eschews music almost entirely, his takes run long enough that viewers are forced to take in the frame's details and figure out which are important, and his flatly matter-of-fact conversations almost never include obvious exposition.

April 20, 2017 | Full Review…
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It's consistently absorbing and well-acted, and Mungiu's camera makes even simple police station interrogations or drive-around sequences unassuming things of beauty.

April 20, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Tribune
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In Graduation, Mungiu takes a scalpel and dissects life in modern Romania.

April 19, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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The writer-director, Mr. Mungiu, is a master of ramification; his films start off as plain tales, told with seeming simplicity, then they deepen into complex psychology and spread out into contemporary culture.

April 13, 2017 | Full Review…
Wall Street Journal
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Bleak, naturalistic and flawlessly acted, "Graduation" distills the mood and moral decay of a place whose gray skies and nondescript housing blocks feel like permanent reminders of its dark history.

April 13, 2017 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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The power of the film is cumulative, as the filmmaker spins a mesmerizing morality tale from the dross of daily life. In his skillful hands, the ordinary turns out to be anything but.

April 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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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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