Tales from the Golden Age Reviews

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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.