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12:08 East of Bucharest

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David Appleby

12:08 East of Bucharest

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
89 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/06/07
performer:
Mircea Andreescu, Teodor Corban
director:
Corneliu Porumboiu
distributor:
Tartan
author:
Corneliu Porumboiu
genre:
Foreign Language, Comedy, Drama

We gave it a B-

On a scrappy, small-town Romanian talk show, the host bumbles through 45 minutes (shot in real time) with two dubious guests: an alcoholic professor and a befuddled old crank. The topic — ”Did a revolution happen in this town?” — means: When the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu fled from power on Dec. 22, 1989, did protesters arrive in the square before 12:08 (i.e., when they might have been punished) or were they just wimpy followers? 12:08 East of Bucharest is a shrewdly built comedy, but the characters are broad-verging-on-cheap unholy hick fools. B-

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