Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017)
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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To Mungiu's credit, he makes it clear that, although the film is set in Romania, its moral quandaries could be taking place anywhere.
"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.
While it is shot in near-documentary form amid authentically grim locales, the movie is an exquisitely plotted, jarringly presented moral puzzle.
This is a tough film that deals with serious issues, and that may hurt its box-office chances. But "Graduation" will probably be around long after less challenging fare is forgotten.
The acting is outstanding; Mungiu's straightforward dialogue and naturalistic shooting make for a movie that feels genuine, with no false steps.
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.
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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