DVD 12:08 East of Bucharest [2007] [Region 1] (DVD 1135902),
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12:08 East of Bucharest [2007] [Region 1]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Gil-Scott Heron once wrote "the revolution will not be televised," but one Romanian newsman attempts to put his nation's revolution on the air after the fact in this satiric comedy from writer-director Corneliu Porumboiu. It's the 16th anniversary of the revolt that removed Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu from power in Romania, and Jderescu (Ion Sapdaru) is the host of a televised public-affairs show who wants to do a special program on the revolution. Jderescu's idea is to bring on a handful of ordinary citizens to discuss their role in Ceausescu's overthrow and how their lives have changed since Communist rule ended in Romania. However, Jderescu can only round up two guests for his broadcast: elderly Piscoci (Mircea Andreescu), who's more interested in playing Santa Claus for the neighborhood kids than talking politics, and Manescu (Teo Corban), a schoolteacher nursing a brutal hangover. As Jderescu tries to lead a serious discussion of how Romania has changed since Ceausescu was driven from power, the conversation wanders off on a tangent about where the revolution actually took place; the waters become even more muddied when Jderescu opens up the phone lines for questions from viewers. Most of the callers have their own distinct (and strongly conflicting) memories of the revolution, and, comically, one of them has a bone to pick with Manescu over some drunken insults he hurled the night before.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): TVD2033

  • Credits
    Mircea Andreescu, Teo Corban, Ion Sapdaru
  • Critic Reviews
    "Cleverly filmed....With sly humor the film satirizes the 'revision' of history to enhance what really happened."
    Box Office

    "It's a shrewdly built comedy." -- Grade: B-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[The] film manages to be simultaneously laugh-out-loud funny and surprisingly profound, its insights into the Romanian revolution and wider historical issues resonating long after the credits have rolled."
    Sight and Sound

    "[The film] carefully builds a sly and unexpected human comedy out of a dispute over whether a revolution would still be a revolution if nobody showed up."
    Los Angeles Times

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[C]lever....The film also has thoughtful things to say about history and collective memory."

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