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February 26 Graduation

Director: Cristian Mungiu
Cast:: Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Lia Bugnar 
Year: 2016
Runtime: 127 min 
Country: Romania, France, Belgium
Language: Romanian with English subtitles
Rating: PG

A fascinating and fastidiously complex study of one man’s moral choices at a crucial juncture in his life, Cristian Mungiu’s “Graduation” is a thoroughgoing masterpiece which offers proof that Romania’s cinematic upsurge remains the most vital and important national film movement of the current century.
Like other Romanian masterpieces, the film seems to reflect an ongoing concern with the nation’s fate since the collapse of Soviet Communism and the Ceausescu regime in 1989. While that historic turning point freed Romania from one form of oppression, these films probe the sense that ghosts of the old regime still haunt its successors and that elements of corruption have been internalized to the point that they’re not just social but individual as well.

Watch the Trailer.

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