In an off-kilter Bucharest, people cheer even an inept army and police manhunt. Meanwhile, Mitou and Elena get to know each other in the course of a vodka drinking contest and discover they are both dissatisfied with the status quo. Mitou is about to begin military service, Elena is to be married to a fat old lecher. They decide they are meant for each other and plan on a different future, one that is on a collision course with the authorities. –Inbaseline
Born in 1933 in Southern Bessarabia (part of Ukraine since the 1940s), Lucian Pintilie studied film and theatre in Bucharest. He began his directing career in theatre before turning to film. Although his films were internationally praised—Sunday at Six won The Grand Prize of the International Youth Jury in the 1966 Cannes Festival; Reenactment was presented in the official selection of Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, 1969 Cannes; Ward Six won Un Certain Regard at the 1979 Cannes Festival—Pintilie was in a continuous fight with the Romanian communist authorities. After Reenactment was banned in 1969, and his theatre production of The Inspector was banned in 1972, Pintilie was forbidden to work in theatres and had only two more films produced, the last of which—Carnival Scenes—was also banned for 10 years, to be officially released only in 1991. Pintilie was ultimately pressured by the authorities to leave Romania in 1982. For twenty years he lived and worked in France and the United States… read more
Yet another wonderful movie signed by Pintilie. I don't think "Terminus Paradis" is as impressive as other films directed by Lucian Pintilie (such as "An Unforgettable Summer" or "The Oak"), but daaamn it is still a good film. If any of you guys are interested in Romanian cinematography, start with Lucian Pintilie's films.