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When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2015)

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This rigorously structured new film from Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective) takes an interestingly oblique look at filmmaking. We don't see the process itself, but a succession of exchanges that take place when the camera isn't rolling: dinners after work between the director-protagonist Paul (Bogdan Dumitrache) and his actress (and momentary girlfriend) Alina (Diana Avramut), a rehearsal, an exchange between Paul and his tough producer Magda (Mihaela Sirbu), a car ride through Bucharest at night. Every scene is covered in one meticulously executed take. Porumboiu's approach, which the filmmaker himself has likened to that of Hong Sang-soo, allows us to concentrate on the rhythms of the everyday-silences, pauses, hesitations; the anodyne discomfort of making conversation; the strangeness of so many temporary relationships between exhausted, edgy individuals. When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (the title will make sense at the end) is so precisely composed that its very construction has a crystalline beauty. Cinema Guild release. (C) Lincoln Center

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

"You can think what you like," Paul says. That sentiment applies to Mr. Porumboiu's dryly funny, enigmatic new work.

January 8, 2015 | Full Review…

If the overall result is more of a clever exercise than a proper movie, it'll still have some dryly amusing appeal for those who appreciate intellectual absurdism.

January 8, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Porumboiu so carefully intellectualizes every outwardly inconsequential exchange that the picture has no room to breathe, forcing audiences to work hard to catch the sly playfulness and cunning within.

January 7, 2015 | Full Review…

For those unfamiliar with contemporary Romanian cinema, Metabolism is a hardcore immersion into distinctly innovative storytelling.

January 7, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Takes a clichéd-seeming premise and carefully proceeds to turn it on its head through logic, absurd humor and the consumption of vast quantities of cigarettes.

January 7, 2015 | Full Review…

A listless backstage romance.

March 13, 2014 | Full Review…

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