The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Shot in naturalistic style, this is a powerful indictment of absurdity and indifference in the face of human suffering.

Movie Info

One evening, Mr. Lazarescu, who lives alone, feels a bit dizzy. He finally ends up being driven away in an ambulance, which is the start of a tragicomic odyssey. Each doctor who examines him arrives at an entirely different diagnosis, and his emergency treatment is incessantly postponed. The physicians are deaf to the entreaties of the patient and his friends, and they are devoid of sympathy for the elderly Mr. Lazarescu as he again plunges into the Bucharest night.
Rating:
R (for language and brief nudity)
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
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Cast

Ion Fiscuteanu
as Mr. Lazarescu
Luminita Gheorghiu
as Mioara Avram
Doru Ana
as Sandu Sterian
Dana Dogaru
as Miki Sterian
Florin Zamfirescu
as Dr. Ardelean
Bogdan Dumitrache
as Medic at Spitalul Sf Spiridon
Dan Chiriac
as Trial Medic at Spitalul University
Clara Voda
as Dr. Gina Flip
Simona Popescu
as Assistant at Spitalul Bagdasar
Adrian Titieni
as Dr. Dragos Popescu
Dorian Boguta
as Ambulance Driver
Mihai Bratila
as Dr. Breslasu
Robert Bumbes
as Robert
Laura Cret
as Echograph Medic at Spitalul Sf Spiridon
Mimi Branescu
as Dr. Mirica
Alexandru Fifeu
as Virgil, Stretcher Carrier, Spitalul Sf Spiridon
Rodica Lazar
as Dr. Serban
Florina Alina Gleznea
as Assistant at Spitalul Sf Spiridon
Alina Berzunteanu
as Dr. Zamfir
Mirela Cioaba
as Marioara
Tidor Hristescu
as Doctor Kelemen
Rodica Ionescu
as Assistant at Spitalul Universitar
Cerasela Iosifescu
as Assistant at Assistant at Spitalul Filaret
Irina Kozsar
as Assistant at Spitalul Universitar
Calin Adrian Puiu
as Stretcher Carrier at Spitalul Bagdasar
Anca Puiu
as Vecina
Emil Puiu
as DL Sandu
Iuliana Puiu
as Dna Sandu
Smaranda Puiu
as Smarandu
Jean Lorin Sterian
as Medic at Spitalul Universitar
Marian Stoica
as Patient of Spitalul Sf Spiridon
Maria Serb
as Assistant at Spitalul Bagdasar
Andrei Serban
as Stretcher Carrier at Spital of SF Spiridon
Cristian Turungiu Ionel Zaharia
as Stretcher Carrier, Spitalul Universitars
Lorena-Andrada Zabrautanu
as Assistant at Spitalul Universitar
Alexandru Cristian Potocean
as Stretcher Carrier at Spitalul Bagdasar
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Critic Reviews for The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (26)

Both sad and darkly funny, the film is so sharply conceived and richly populated that it often registers like a Frederick Wiseman documentary, even though everything is scripted and every part played by a professional.

Full Review… | December 26, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's something about Fiscuteanu's quietly desperate performance (with much of the emotion conveyed through his eyes), that gets under your skin.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

As commentary, it's grim. As filmmaking, it's a powerfully disturbing odyssey through the Bucharest health care system.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A tour de force of cinema verite with astonishing performances by a huge cast of small players.

Full Review… | July 13, 2006
Washington Post
Top Critic

The movie is a stunner, so hypnotic that the length hardly matters.

Full Review… | June 30, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The film's real success is that Puiu impresses both with his compassion for human behaviour and his tight grip on realist, documentary-style filmmaking.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

½

A suffocating and emotionally stressful drama/social commentary that, made with a gripping naturalistic approach, impressed me most by the real way that it shows how people can be cruel and indifferent to human suffering only to display in the next moment a surprising amount of compassion.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

this is a good film, but the humor is so dark that you won't find yourself laughing. the cinema verite styling works well with the content, adding to the existential questions raised within the film. if you can't bear hospitals and imminent death, do not attempt to watch this movie.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

This film was hard to get through. It was so depressing, I had to watch it in two parts. How any one could call this a comedy is beyond me. Perhaps it is because I have had to deal with the horrible medical insurance in the States. I could Identify with being turned away from hospitals. I didn't find it interesting this the is the most depressing film I have ever seen in my entire life.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

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