directed by Cristian Mungiu
Don’t let the title fool you, this hellish glimpse of life under a dying Communist regime is one of those twenty four hour films that stick with you. Taking place over the course of one day in the life two college roommates, Cristian Mungiu’s film tells the story of an illegal abortion, a steel strong friendship, and the suffocating force of an overreaching ideology that seems to saturate everything. Adding to this effect is cinematographer Oleg Mutu, who gives the film an aesthetic that seems to drain the life from you, much like Hoyte Van Hoytema’s work in Let the Right One In. This one is not to be missed, but you have to really want it. Don’t just pick it up for a bit of light viewing.