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Bacalaureat

Cristian Mungiu Romanya, 2016

dionysus67's rating of the film Graduation

Resonant in terms of the pressures of credentialism and surgically acurate about social malaise/inertia in contemporary Romania, this film concedes cinematic aesthetics (there are only few shots of genuinely semantic valence [e.g. the finale]) and places all narrative load on the shoulders of a continuously sullen Titieni. This proves unfair to the actor and potentially disengaging to the viewer. Good but weak.