Tales from the Golden Age Reviews

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October 30, 2009
Shot with clarity and plenty of dry humour, this impressive collection of five short films is proof of the youthful vitality of the New Romanian Cinema.
October 30, 2009
While this wry, sometimes poignant collection ultimately runs a little long, it serves as a useful introduction to the talent that makes Romania the place to look for exciting new voices in cinema.
October 30, 2009
The dark laughter involved is Romania's way of staying sane, not merely at the time but, also, in a way, right now. Comedy is a way of looking back at the horror without the rage and despair becoming unendurable.
October 30, 2009
What shines through is the proud spirit of the Romanian people, who found ways to endure in a system that veered unpredictably from the comically ineffective to the starkly insidious.
October 30, 2009
The film has been crisply shot, its static set-ups by turns inventively forlorn and bracingly comic.
October 30, 2009
The acting is breezy yet believable in all of the stories.
October 30, 2009
There are no sharp instruments, just gentle barbs and pokes. Mungiu suggests that Romania under dictatorship was at worst a comically fearful bureaucracy.
October 30, 2009
Given what we know of Ceausescu's Romania, the Orwellian penetration of the state into every corner of daily life, the mildly comic, wistful tone of this portmanteau of short dramas seems puzzling.
October 30, 2009
Comical and endearing, Tales From The Golden Age lacks real bite or satirical sting but it does underline the Orwellian nightmare of a regime in which the party line must be obeyed regardless of logic, common sense or personal safety.
October 30, 2009
Veers between light-hearted comedy and dark tales of desperate lives.
October 30, 2009
This is a film that tells us about a place and time we can't identify with through characters we can't help but understand.
October 30, 2009
The ironic, comedic tone used to depict these assorted urban legends always has a grim punchline to remind us that life under Ceausescu was no laughing matter.
May 21, 2009
This is the rare portmanteau that's more than the sum of its parts.
May 21, 2009
[The directors'] youth and talent should allay fears that the country's film explosion is incapable of hitting a broad range of notes, and offer hope that more mainstream, home-grown offerings can spur cinema building within Romania.
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