Mr Larescu, a 63 year old who lives with his cats, takes ill one night, and must suffer the inadequacies of a health system at breaking point.
Exposing the incompetence of the Romanian health service, this is an acerbic satire. Yet it isn’t without its moments of compassion, as Puiu is as much concerned with society’s growing inability to communicate as he is with hospital politics and the dehumanising consequences of bureaucracy.
Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The
Released: 23 October 2006
A decent interview with Puiu, plus the usual trailer and film notes.
Long, but engrossing and frequently enraging drama that not only exposes the flaws in the Romanian health service, but also in modern humanity.
Reviewed by David Parkinson