16 years after the Revolution and just days before Christmas, a local television station in Bucharest has invited several guests to share their moments of glory, as they allegedly stormed city hall, chanting “down with Ceasescu!” before Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu and his wife fled the presidential palace by helicopter so many years ago. An alcoholic history teacher and a lonely retiree, who moonlights as Santa, are forced to answer questions from dubious viewers who aren’t overly convinced that the Revolution ever took place in their city.
Corneliu Porumboiu (born September 14, 1975) is a Romanian film director and screenwriter. His 2006 feature 12:08 East of Bucharest won him the Camera d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival. He is the son of well-known football referee Adrian Porumboiu. —Wikipedia
"Rashomon" en una versión light es lo que se contempla en la segunda mitad de "12:08 Al Este de Bucarest", una puesta en escena que habla a manera de sutil sátira sobre el oportunismo político y mediático, sobre seudointelectuales que no son más que borrachines y seudoperiodistas que son incapaces de mantener en orden una audiencia que se les viene encima. Literalmente se sienten inestables, sin equilibrio o trípode.
Was It There Or Not ? The question in the original title is referred to the so-called Romanian Revolution of 1989. Mostly, I loved the way the poor guests in the talk-show behaved, as callers rang them and basically asked them so rudely to admit that what they branded a Revolution was actually a mockery. A somewhat 'brilliant' film.
It gets off to a slow start, at first I was worried the humor might be too subtle and culturally-specific for my tastes (especially since Porumboiu's next film 'Police, Adjective' bored me to tears); but it eventually won me over in a big way, thanks in large part to the fine comic nuances of stars Mircea Andreescu, Teodor Corban, and Ion Sapdaru. A charmingly offbeat, intimately funny little film.