The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

2005, Drama, 2h 33m

76 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Shot in naturalistic style, this is a powerful indictment of absurdity and indifference in the face of human suffering. Read critic reviews

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Mr. Lazarescu (Ion Fiscuteanu) is a retired Romanian engineer, spending his time in the company of his cats and booze. When he starts feeling unusually ill, he first seeks painkillers from his neighbors. It soon becomes apparent that Lazarescu is indeed sick, and an ambulance arrives with a nurse (Luminita Gheorghiu) who has a few ideas about what could be the problem. However, a major traffic accident and poor organization leaves little room in Romanian hospitals for the fading Lazarescu.

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