After suffering terrible headaches and stomach cramps, Mr. Lăzărescu calls for an ambulance, beginning one man’s hellish journey through Bucharest hospitals in search of proper medical care. One of the first of many fantastic films emerging in recent years from Romania.
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as difficult as it is to get through this very long, very depressing and slow moving film... without a shred of hopefulness... you will think about it days, weeks, months later and realize... those were all actors- extraordinarily realistic- i felt like was actually watching romanian doctors/paramedics- not for everyone's taste. and i still don't, and never will, understand why this is considered a comedy.
The only film which realistically depicts the condition of health services without pointing any fingers. I could laugh but also emphatize the main character as he's referred from one health center to another.
A multilayered, mesmerizing trip through one man's final hours, somehow reminiscent of Kafka in its humour, detachment and allegory. Cristi Puiu's mise-en-scène is marvellous - it builds its own world with the camera, one of micro-relations and non-causal events that inform a large, coherent whole. I found this less "realistic" than most people did, but not an inch less brilliant.
No Romanian film that this writer has seen has been as honest, as gripping, and as well crafted as Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr Lazarescu. It bolsters the credibility of Romanian cinema. My full review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.in/2011/09/120-romanian-director-cristi-puius.html