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THE DEATH OF MISTER LAZARESCU (2005)

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- “Ranks among the greatest works of cinematic humanism of our time.” The Times, UK - “A truly great movie.” Mike Leigh - “One of the very best of the year…unmissable.” Evening Standard - “A thorny masterpiece.” New York Times


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Catalogue No. ACC0113
SRP A$29.95
APN 9333723001131
DVD Release Date 19 Feb 2009
Director Cristi Puiu
Producer Bobby Paunescu
Cast Ion Fiscuteanu
Genre Drama
Rating M (Infrequent coarse language)
Run Time 150 mins.
Visual Format 1.85:1
Audio Format Dolby 2.0
Language Romanian (Optional English)
Special Features Director's Interview (approx. 45 mins.)
Quotes - “Ranks among the greatest works of cinematic humanism of our time.” The Times, UK - “A truly great movie.” Mike Leigh - “One of the very best of the year…unmissable.” Evening Standard - “A thorny masterpiece.” New York Times
Awards * WINNER UN CERTAIN REGARD – Cannes Film Festival 2005 * WINNER Fipresci Award – Palm Springs International Film Festival * WINNER Special Jury Prize – Chicago International Film Festival * OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto International Film Festival * OFFICIAL SELECTION – New York Film Festival * NOMINATED Best Foreign Film – Independent Spirit Awards

Synopsis
Internationally acclaimed as one of the best films of the past decade, THE DEATH OF MR LAZARESCU explores the dire consequences of an ailing medical system in Romania and the one man who bears the brunt of it all. Mr Lazarescu is a 63-year-old widower who shares his apartment with his three cats and who drinks to excess on a regular basis affecting his health. Suffering from pains in his head and his stomach, he calls for an ambulance to take him to the local hospital. Hindered by a major bus accident the medics eventually arrive and so begins a long and increasingly frustrating night.

Shuffled from pillar to post, he becomes wearier and weaker in the face of the medical profession’s bureaucracy and casual inefficiency. A succession of colourful characters permeates the film and the combination of dry humour and ‘scapel sharp’ satire make this one of the year’s most deeply affecting films.
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