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Cristian Mungiu Romanya, 2016

El Biffo's rating of the film Graduation

A feel-bad movie from what seems to be a very dreary country... with a thriving Cinema. Is it the comfortable life here in USA that makes our Cinema so weak? Does hardship beget better art? Does poetry come from sadness more easily than from contentment? Or is it not really joy but just the smug nature of life in America which dulls our Cinema? Or the need for greater and greater spectacle, forsaking meaning & depth?