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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Ion Fiscuteanu
Luminata Gheorghiu
Gabriel Spahui.
Directors
Cristi Puiu.
Screenwriters
Razvan Radulescu
Cristi Puiu.
Running Time
153 minutes

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The Death Of Mr Lazarescu


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Plot
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.


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The Death Of Mr Lazarescu

The inaugural picture in a series entitled ’Six Stories From the Bucharest Suburbs’, this Cannes prize-winner is an inner-city road movie that follows an ailing 63 year-old on his fateful journey around the Romanian capital’s hospitals. Director Cristi Puiu scrutinises everything from professional arrogance to red tape, as Ion Fiscuteanu’s widower is doubted, discredited and dismissed by doctors of varying seniority.

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.


Extras

Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The
Released: 23 October 2006
A decent interview with Puiu, plus the usual trailer and film notes.


Verdict
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

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The Death of Mr Lazarescu

born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.” Welles. Mr Dante Lazarescu (Ioan Fiscuteanu) is a grumpy old Romanian who lives alone in his shabby flat in the centre of Bucharest. His daughter and sister have both moved away, his wife passed on a few years ago; and while Mr Lazarescu has a few cats to keep him company, they seem to spend their entire lives snoozing in every room, occasionally ... More

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Couldn't agree more

A powerful and moving documentary style film in near real-time. Yes it's long, but if you can stick it out, it turns out to be quite impressive. Months later and I still find myself thinking about it from time to time. ... More

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