The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama


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Mr. Lãzãrescu, a dying old man, is shuttled from hospital to hospital by a loyal paramedic as doctors refuse to operate and no one can agree on a diagnosis.


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Director:

Cristi Puiu

Writers:

Cristi Puiu, Razvan Radulescu

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8 October 2005 | Spuzzlightyear
8
| Brrrrrr!
The medical system, if you want to call it that, because there's nothing really systematic about it, is savagely explored in the curiously interesting " Death Of Mister Lazarescu", a movie that I'm liking more and more now that I think back on what I saw. Essentially following a hellish night of a lout who gets head and chest pains and then dares to call the ambulance and better yet, dares to go to a hospital. I kind of wonder about this exposure of the medical system, even though it does take place in Romania, whether the same thing could happen here, eg, the type of medical care largely depends on your social class and whether you have enough money or not. Having said that. The lead actor, one Ion Fiscuteanu, is simply phenomenal in the title role as a belligerent old drunk who rather grudgingly goes to the hospital, and as he gets shuffled from hospital to hospital (largely because of a bus accident that swamped many of the E.Rs in the city, becomes less and less communicative… What a show, and what heartless people the hospital people are! Not just to the patient, who can't stop commenting about his drinking, but also to the EMT's, who dare to offer medical opinions but then are shot down because "they are'nt doctors". OUCH! What a show! If you ever get a chance, try to go see this one.

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Release Date:

22 September 2005

Language

Romanian


Country of Origin

Romania

Filming Locations

Romania

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,880 30 April 2006

Gross USA:

$80,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$216,922

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