Aurora Review

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Glum middle-aged Romanian Viorel (writer-director Puiu) wanders the city of Bucharest, barely suppressing an anger at the world around him that will soon find bloody voice.


Recording measured mundanity with chilling discretion, Cristi Puiu’s performance matches his direction in this study of a killer, conveying the simmering resentment of a crushed soul with nothing left to lose.

At three hours long and deliberately paced throughout, this edgy drama return by Cristi Puiu demands patience. Its chilly mood and taut psychological explorations again mark out The Death of Mr. Lazarescu director as a key filmmaker of the Romanian new wave.