25 May 2011

Tuesday, After Christmas

Directed by: Radu Muntean
Written by: Alexandru Baciu, Radu Muntean & Razvan Radulescu
Full credits at IMDb

The once Ceausescu-haunted Romanian New Wave is transcending its political origins, applying the movement’s aesthetic principles to stories with themes more universal. Director and cowriter Radu Muntean’s Tuesday, After Christmas—like Cristi Puiu’s Aurora, which also played at least year’s New York Film Festival, and which will also open soon at a West Village theater—concerns a troubled marriage, depicting its domestic dramas in long, long takes. Five years ago, Romanian directors used the unbroken shot to instill punishing realism into portraits of social ruin; now, they’re doing it to tales of emotional devastation.

In Tuesday, those extended shots intensify the intimacy: they imprison the audience within sessions of pillow talk, goofery, and minor spats, making the viewer feel as much participant as witness, a player in the dull routines of dentist visits and foot massages...

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