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The Death Of Mr Lazarescu [2005] [DVD]

4.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Directors: Cristi Puiu
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: Romanian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Palisades Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct. 2006
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H1QR36
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,484 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Off-beat Romanian satire. Mr Lazarescu (Ion Fiscuteanu) is a 63-year-old man who lives in a ramshackle apartment with his three cats. Complaining of head and stomach pains, his neighbours eventually call him an ambulance. What follows is a tour through Romania's crumbling infrastructure, as Mr Lazarescu is shifted from pillar to post, meeting an assortment of eccentric characters on the way, as he experiences pointless beaurocracy and casual inefficiency from the inside.

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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu is a sadly funny film that tells the story of an old man whom no one really knows or cares about. When he falls ill and needs medical treatment, he faces a team of busy doctors who are concerned because they have to be, not because they really care. Running just over 2-1/2 hours, this Romanian film allows the viewer to visualize how suffocatingly slow time must seem for Lazarescu (Ion Fiscuteanu), who isn't expecting the best treatment--just any treatment would be nice. With the exception of a conscientious paramedic, there doesn't seem to be much concern whether he lives or dies. TV viewers have been weaned on medical dramas such as ER, Chicago Hope, and House--all of which depict physicians who will go to all lengths to cure their patients. While noble and entertaining, these series probably offer less realism than The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, in which lack of funds and staff don't allow time for suitable bedside manner. No one is vilified, not even some of the hospital staff that is disgusted by the side effects of their patients' illnesses. The story is well told in a humane and mesmerizing manner that yanks at the heartstrings while still eliciting a laugh or two. --Jae-Ha Kim

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sad and funny
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After the opening scenes, I failed to find anything humorous in this film, but at the same time, I wasn't disappointed. This is a well told story, depicting the failure of a healthcare system and the slow undignified death of an ageing man.

The concerning thing is, although set in Bucharest, the same disturbing scenario could be played out anywhere in Europe as the plight of elderly patients is ignored and treated with apathy.

I actually begin to forget I was watching a film. Such is the realism of the acting and the camera angles that I became absorbed in what felt like a true life documentary. I felt anger and frustration as I watched a helpless patient being shunted from hospital to hospital across the city, receiving indifferent and varying diagnoses, constantly being treated with absolute disregard, yet trying to maintain his dignity and hold his temper throughout.

At times its not easy viewing, and it is so easy to become irritated with the attitude of the various characters, but that is down to the talent of the actors and the realism of this film. I would highly recommend it, but don't look for too many laughs.
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This movie is set in Roumania.It could be anywhere. See how the old man is dehumanised for being a drunk by all those he seeks help from. Sad.
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A masterpiece, for sure. This is another one of those jaw-dropping performances-that-aren't-really-performances so common in world cinema and so uncommon in Hollywood. Ion Fiscuteanu is just utterly perfect as Dante Remus Lazarescu. He is so completely watchable. All that time in his company and I was gripped till the end. But it's not just him. All of the other actors/actresses were also pitch-perfect. Even relatively minor characters were fascinatingly played. This is brilliant, naturalistic filmmaking. And, yes, there is some comedy (largely in the form of two of the doctors) seamlessly woven into the overall fabric of the film which feels more like a horrific, inevitable, Greek tragedy.
The ultimate optimism of the film lies in the great humanity embodied by the female paramedic - earthy, weary, but wholly decent - and one of the doctors - an ethereal, angelic, saintly presence in the midst of so much medico-heartlessness, arrogance and recklessness. A unique and essential work of art.
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I don't normally review films but this is the exception. I loved this film. It was brilliantly done. The frustration of the nurse in her attempt to get her patient the treatment he needed was palpable. Ion Fiscuteanu's performance could not have been better. Why don't we get more wonderful films like this
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This film will make you laugh or smile, even laugh at first, at the character of the title, a brilliant portrayal of resignation, and lack of expectation, from the fine actor Ion Fiscuteanu. He waits for an ambulance to take him to hospital, yet when he gets there, they are told to take him somewhere else, and then somewhere else, and so on, into the long night.
With a small cast, much of the plot set in an ambulance driving around the run-down streets of Bucharest, and a storyline that gets darker as the film goes on, you might be forgiven for thinking that this film is bordering on farce, and has little to offer. I can assure you that the opposite is true. You will be drawn into the last hours of Mr Lazarescu, and the group of people that try to help, or hinder him through them. Notes of realism, and totally believable acting, give the whole thing a documentary feel, and you become aware that you are a witness to a great story of callous lack of concern and hopelessness, in a system that has collapsed from within.
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This film had my (Romanian) wife cringing in the corner of the sofa. The portrait of the Romanian medical system was axactly as we have seen it in Romania except that the hospitals in the film seemed cleaner and there was no bribery. You can watch this as a strightforward documentary - it isn't exaggerated.
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Mr. Lazarescu is an elderly man living in a rather messy apartment with several cats in Bucharest, Romania. He has some health problems and seeks the help of neighbors whose suggestions do not improve his condition. His only daughter emigrated to Canada, so she is too far away to help. It takes some convincing on his part via the phone to get the ambulance to come but they eventually understand his needs. The female ambulance worker shows some compassion, examines him and takes him to the nearest hospital.

Unfortunately, there was a multi-car crash involving a bus on the freeway and many accident victims are taken to the emergency rooms (ERs) of nearby hospitals. The ER was packed and very busy. Mr. Lazaescu gets a quick exam but what he really ends up with is a lecture to stop drinking and he would get better. The ambulance personnel realize he is in pain and needs help ... so they take him to the next hospital. At the next facility, the personnell, both MDs, nurses, and technicians are rather indifferent and treat the female ambulance worker rather shabbily. Eventually, they do a somewhat better exam and agree on a diagnosis. They recommend a CT scan which can not be done in their facility because they do not have the equipment. They are given the necessary paperwork and move on to a third hospital. At this better equipped hospital, Mr. Lazarescu gets his tests not becasue he *should* nor because it is the right thing to do but *only* because the female ambulance worker has some "pull". She knows one of the healthcare workers who arranges for the test to be done immediatly.

A CT scan of the head is done showing he has a serious problem ... the matter is urgent. The physician tries to talk Mr. Lazarescu into having surgery.
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