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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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.
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.
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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