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Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017)

Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017)



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Romeo Aldea (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding - Eliza has won a scholarship to study psychology in the UK. She just has to pass her final exams - a formality for such a good student. On the day before her first written exam, Eliza is assaulted in an attack that could jeopardize her entire future. Now Romeo has to make a decision. There are ways of solving the situation, but none of them using the principles he, as a father, has taught his daughter.


Critic Reviews for Graduation (Bacalaureat)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

Graduation shares with [4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days] a sense of how personal morality can be misshapen by the institutions of an immoral society.

October 13, 2016 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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A brutally honest movie.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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An expertly calibrated portrait of what happens when someone starts down a slippery slope of well-intentioned malfeasance.

May 19, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
AV Club
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A doctor greases the system in order to ensure his daughter aces her finals in Cristian Mungiu's beautifully structured yet familiar look at a dysfunctional society.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…
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The acting is glumly flawless and the camera work as intimate as Michael Haneke's, but Graduation is two hours of waiting for a second shoe that never drops.

February 8, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Willamette Week

A mature drama where the claim of young people to adults for the world they inherit, but also for taking responsibility for their own lives are present. [Full review in Spanish]

January 17, 2017 | 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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