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World Cinema
Romania/France
Germany/Switzerland, 2010, 181 min

CREDITS

dir
Cristi Puiu
prod
Anca Puiu, Bobby Paunescu
scr
Cristi Puiu
cam
Viorel Sergovici
editor
Joachim Stroe
cast
Cristi Puiu, Clara Voda, Valeria Seciu, Luminita Gheorghiu, Catrinel Dumitrescu, Gelu Colceag, Valentin Popescu, Ileana Puiu
source
The Cinema Guild, 115 West 30th Street, Suite 800, New York NY 10001. FAX: 212-685-4717. EMAIL: rkrivoshey@cinemaguild.com.


Aurora

Viorel doesnít have much to say. He negotiates daily life in bleak wintertime Bucharest with dispassion and an obscure anger. But when it becomes apparent he is planning a shooting, his stale and predictable world gets recast in a new and mysterious light. Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu destroys all notions of crime as entertainment in this painstakingly realistic anatomy of a murder, delivering a chilling character study of an ordinary person driven to kill. Puiuís post-Communist Bucharest is a city on the edge in a suddenly capitalist country where people dream of self-sufficiency while fearing a deep plunge into poverty. Amid the unstable economy, relationships are fractured. At the heart of Viorelís discontent lie a failed marriage and his increasingly distant relationship with his two daughters. Playing protagonist Viorel himself, Puiu presents an intelligent, literate and penetrating reinvention of the traditional murder drama. Meanwhile, as in his acclaimed The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005), black comedy creeps into unlikely places: Intending to clean and test his gun, Viorel instead weathers a crew of redecorators, a neighboring dysfunctional family and the unannounced intrusion of his own mother and her new partner, a man Viorel despises. A onetime student of classic film noir, Puiuís realist noir subtracts the romance and keeps the doom. The result is an unflinching and haunting investigation of what compels a person to commit the ultimate act.

—Gustavus Kundahl



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