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Thirtysomething Bogdan is on holiday with his wife and young son when he bumps into two old school friends, who encourage him to join them on a nostalgic night out.

★★★★★

Far from the strobe-lit revel its name suggests, this Romanian film is a gentle meditation on lost time, set on the lapping shores of the Black Sea. The titular Boogie (Dragos Bucur) is on a weekend break with his young family when he bumps into two old school friends, who coax him into wine-fuelled reminiscences and put him at odds with his wife (4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days’ Anamaria Marinca). When she accuses him of neglecting responsibilities, Boogie rejoins them for a nightcrawl through the sights and sounds of his wilder youth, in an ill-fated attempt to rekindle its embers. Although hampered by pacing that borders on glacial, the performances infuse the story with lingering melancholy.

Hampered by pacing that borders on glacial, the performances infuse the story with lingering melancholy.

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