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12:08 East of Bucharest

Posted by martinteller on October 17, 2007

In a small Romanian city (from what I could gather, roughly the equivalent of Omaha) on the anniversary of the anti-Communist revolution, an amateur TV talk show attempts to determine whether the any revolution took place in their town.  The film is done in a very naturalistic style, much like The Death of Mr. Lazarescu.  There’s a lot of funny moments to be had, and given the drab tones of the photography, I’d call it a “gray comedy”.  However, I always struggle with political allegories, especially these Eastern European ones, and I wasn’t quite sure what the message was.  It seemed to say that everyone recalls the events differently, and perhaps it’s more important to simply carry on with life.  The movie didn’t really grab me that much (I think it’s kind of a “you had to be there” situation), but it was amusing and a fairly pleasant way to pass 80 minutes.  Rating: 7


5 Responses to “12:08 East of Bucharest”

  1. Being half Romanian and getting to visit annually, I was in on the joke. I wasn’t sure what the message was either, but I thought it was effective as a slight, painfully funny slice-of-life.

  2. I know it’s a bit late, but the name of the city is Vaslui. I’m Romanian too.

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