Tales from the Golden Age Reviews

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March 26, 2020
...laced with gallows humor.
October 7, 2015
The universal midlife crisis just strikes as a woefully inadequate way to conclude a compelling chapter in Romanian history.
December 2, 2011
'Golden' opportunity for foreign-language film buffs.
November 29, 2011
All the stories have their merits, celebrating a people amusingly out of step with their stalwart, demented leaders.
August 26, 2011
The collection is a mixed bag, although there are no clunkers.
August 25, 2011
There are moments, especially in the first two tales, that conjure a maniacal Chaplinesque verve.
August 25, 2011
This deeply human array of short films dealing with Communist Romania provides many a well-observed laugh and moment of hard-pressed economic truth.
August 25, 2011
it is hard to comprehend a mindset that wouldn't be entertained and invigorated by the six shorts that make up Tales from the Golden Age.
August 24, 2011
Puiu's a skillful widescreen filmmaker, but he's also an urban snob who finds farm animals backward and funny.
August 24, 2011
Bracketed by the Ceausescu anthem, the movie recalls a social disaster in painstaking detail and with a measure of ambivalent love.
August 21, 2011
Has the so-called Romanian New Wave slowed to a trickle?
January 21, 2011
Boasts tonal cohesiveness but also a dispiriting lack of bite.
October 15, 2010
All the short movies that make up Tales From the Golden Age employ the sort of black humour that suggests you'd better laugh, or you'll cry.
October 15, 2010
October 15, 2010
Though much lighter than the country's art-house fare of the past few years, the collection serves as a sampler of the much-heralded Romanian cinema.
February 21, 2010
More often than not, this mixed bag hits its mark, but in two drawn-out stories, the rhythm, not to mention the absurdist plot twists, fall flat.
November 6, 2009
Every tale is engaging, but not wildly amusing - still, I can imagine Romanian viewers enjoying it. In other words, perhaps you had to be there.
November 6, 2009
This is a low-key, deadpan movie and the jokes creep up on you.
October 30, 2009
Flashes of bleak humour makes this wry portrait a compelling experience.
October 30, 2009
It's a frustrating case of individual triumph cancelling out collective cohesion in this sporadically enjoyable, if tonally mismatched, anthology of five short films.
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