In an off-kilter Bucharest, people cheer even an inept army and police manhunt. Mitou and Elena get to know each other in the course of a vodka drinking contest, both dissatisfied with the status quo. He is about to begin military service, She is to be married to a fat old lecher.
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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.
"Duminică la ora 6" revisited with the decadent atmosphere at the end of the century in Romania instead of 40's/60's sinister politic context & American New Wave-ish destructive love like "Bonny & Clyde" or "Badlands" instead of Nouvelle Vague-like intricacy. There is certainly abundant life force which Pintilie's works always have but this time he focuses on reckress youthness only so this is simple & too insipid.
A bleached humor impregnates this otherwise dramatic re-telling of Mitu's adventure. By somehow subverting the Campbell's pattern, the main character dies without improving his world, but by offering a child who will have to support the consequences. A nice film to watch if you are interested in Romanian cinema and Eastern European storytelling.