The Death of Mr. Lazarescu details
|Formats:||15 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Ion Fiscuteanu, Luminita Gheorghiu, Gabriel Spahiu, Doru Ana, Dana Dogaru|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Collections:||Best of London Film Festival, Cannes Collection, Cannes-tastic!, London Film Festival|
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
|2hrs 27 mins||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||2 hours 27 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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A most unlikely masterpieceBy a customer from London, England , 02 Aug 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]On the surface this documentary style film, which follows an increasingly ailing and lonely old man though the machinations of the health service, sounds incredibly tedious. It is, however, one of the most captivating and touching movies I've ever seen, and not without its moments of dark humour. A film that does not shy away from the indignities of death and the importance of compassion. One of my top ten films ever.
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And you worry about NHS reforms.By Oldbloke (349 reviews) from Sidmouth , 12 Mar 2012Mr Lazarescu is a widower, who lives in a dingy flat in Bucharest with only his mangy cats for company. One night he becomes ill with a headache and sickness, which may or may not be related to the cheap hooch that he drinks. His neighbours try to help, but eventually he is taken away in an ambulance. He is rapidly diagnosed as a lost cause, whose poor health is largely his own fault and thereafter we follow the patient and his long suffering paramedic as they are sent from one hopital to another in search of the life saving operation that he needs. Completely mis-sold as a comedy, this is a long documentary style road-trip through the Rumanian night. It's fascinating, true to life, full of interesting characters but definitely not for all tastes.
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Amazing actorsBy radusebi (5 reviews) , 22 Dec 2011Believe it or not, the situation in Romania in '90 was approximately as described in the movie. Even nowadays you may find these kind of 'doctors' in some of the Romanian's hospitals. Great movie and great characters. And the actors are amazing.
Has pathos without being pathetic.By a customer , 29 Aug 2011Gentle pace to the point of halting. One of those films with such attention to character development it could be stiffling.
Worth watching but not life changing
Cinema ArtBy a customer , 09 Aug 2011Incredibly real. Starts in a 'boring' pace but becomes more and more interesting with every minute. It's art.Highly recommend this one.
The bitter endBy HowllingMad (11 reviews) from Leicestershire , 06 Aug 2011The subject of death will, for obvious reasons, never fall out of fashion and has been tackled many times; but this little gem from Romanian director Cristi Puiu brings a startling originality to the subject.
Ion Fiscuteanu gives a brave performance as the lonely Mr Lazarescu who, suffering from rapidly declining health, is shuffled from hospital to hospital only to be neglected or passed over at every turn. Its left to nurse (Mirela Cioaba) to fight the ailing 63-year-olds corner and find a hospital which will treat him.
At two-and-a-half hours this couldve been hard work, but the film pulls you in with its docu-drama style, well-drawn characters and strikingly realistic performances. Its also peppered with darkly comic moments, particularly the contradictory diagnoses offered by the many hospital staff and ensuing bickering, as Mr Lazarescus departure from this world becomes more and more undignified.
Its a bleak ride for sure, but a surprisingly moving one too.