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Directed by Cristian Mungiu

Romania, 2016

HOME, 6 April 2017

Romania itself is the subject of this excellent film.

Our momentary EU colleague is apparently moving from being a nation where favours are handed out on the understanding that they will be reciprocated to one where fair, transparent rules apply to all. And we chart this change through one family here.

They are a troubled family: the father and mother in an unhappy marriage, he having an affair on the side; the daughter anxious to get high grades in her exams so as to earn a scholarship to study in England; the grandmother in ill health.

It was good to see the actor Vlad Ivanov, here playing a police officer, again. I saw him as well in 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, also directed by Cristian Mungiu, where he was a dodgy doctor.