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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Critic Reviews for Graduation (Bacalaureat)
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.
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.
In Graduation, Mungiu takes a scalpel and dissects life in modern Romania.
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.
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.
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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