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Certificate
12A
Cast
Alexandru Potocean
Teo Corban.
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Cristian Mungiu
Ioana Uricaru
Hanno Höfer
Constantin Popescu
Razvan Marculescu.
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131 minutes

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Tales From The Golden Age
The absurdity of life in Ceausescu's Romania.


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Plot
Tragic and absurd tales from late communist era of Romania.


Review
Tales From The Golden Age
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.


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


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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