Tales From The Golden Age Review

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Tragic and absurd tales from late communist era of Romania.


Written, produced and co-directed by Cristian Mungiu, director of the acclaimed 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days, this portmanteau satire mixes wry laughs and tiny tragedies to depict Ceausescu’s Romania, taking a microscope to the absurdities and fears of life in a more-than-usually capricious Communist state.

So a village is brought to the edge of madness by the prospect of a motorcade; the question of Ceaucescu’s hat causes a crisis; and two enterprising youngsters make money out of air. Almost as bleak as Mungiu’s breakthrough, humour makes them slightly more palatable.

Flashes of bleak humour makes this wry portrait a compelling experience.