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.
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
A truly great movie, romanian style. The film offers a very good insight into romanian society, and especially the romanian healthcare system. This movie is so romanian that often you mistake it for a documentary even if in the next moment it reminds you that it isn't.
Dark, realist and dry humor capturing the great essence of post-communist Romanian new wave cinema. The seeming ridiculously of communist institutions, as the Czechoslovak new waves critiqued to great affect, has disappeared yet the impersonality and continuing despair of society remains in Romanian society as well as post-communist Eastern Europe as a whole. Everything is captured and delivered slowly with detail.