The death of Mr. Lǎzǎrescu

The death of Mr. Lǎzǎrescu

Moartea domnului Lǎzǎrescu

DVD - 2006 | Romanian
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MPAA rating: Rated R for language and brief nudity.
63 years old. Retired engineer. Widower. Cat lover. Heavy drinker. For Mr. Lǎzǎrescu, these are some facts that describe him and his life. After having a headache for four days, he decides to call for an ambulance. When it finally arrives, Mr. Lǎzǎrescu and the EMT, Mioara, begin a journey that will take all night. He's chosen an unfortunate day to become seriously ill--the hospitals are jammed with the injured from a bus accident. Because he is old and admits to drinking, Mr. Lǎzǎrescu is treated with disdain and scorn by nurses, variously ignored, diagnosed, roundly chastised, and passed off elsewhere by supercilious doctors. Mioara stays by his side, making it her mission to get one harried doctor or one pissy nurse to take Mr. Lǎzǎrescu's condition as seriously as she does. As a portrait of a broken medical system, the film is hopelessly depressing, but as a story of the callous impersonalization we inflict upon one another, it is timeless.

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papagator
Nov 10, 2015

This is a long movie, dark, comical, and twisted in the sense that the health care system in Romania is somewhat of a scapegoat in patient treatment. It is a slow role, but intriguing at the same time. You will need to pay attention to fast English subtitles- as the dialogue moves very fast at times and gives you minimal time to read the really bad font used in the script.

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LibraryUser53
Dec 30, 2014

The DVD covers refers to this film as a dark comedy. It's dark all right, but not funny. At least not in the first 30 minutes, at which point I gave it up as a waste of time and popped the DVD from the player. If what you are after is a documentary-style film about problems the elderly have with finding quality medical care when they need it, you don't have to watch Romanian films with English subtitles for that. Not recommended.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

This starts out grim, stays grim, and ends transcendently, although still grim. The intelligent ironies of the director are apparent in the choice of the title character's name (Lazarescu, Dante). But the reviewers here who see this as an indictment of the Romanian medical establishment, or even Socialism are missing the point. What it is really about is the act of one person taking or refusing to take personal responsibility for the care of another, in the face of a cold, hostile, uncaring system. The "mystery" of compassion is what this film is about. When does duty become selflessness? When does selfishness overwhelm duty? And other questions...when does a chronically drunk person become a chronically ill person? And when does an ill person become a dying person? All of this is captured in "fly on the wall" documentary fashion, and none of it is contrived. Watching this for two and a half hours, you will end up as numbed as most of the characters. Except for your mind.

Dionosaur Mar 12, 2013

Spoiler Alert: Don't read the comment by bby604 unless you want to know TOO MUCH about the plot, before watching the movie.

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bby604
Jan 22, 2013

This is not a comedy but a scary look at the medical system in Romania whereby a patient who required urgent brain surgery would get shuffled around from one hospital to another before the paramedic could find one that agreed to operate on him.

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kokosowe
Mar 11, 2009

Cynically comic and agonizingly tragic at the same time; enjoyable in all it's realism.
The subtitles felt poor.

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kokosowe
Mar 11, 2009

kokosowe thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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kokosowe
Mar 11, 2009

Sexual Content: Male nudity in a hospital context.

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kokosowe
Mar 11, 2009

SANDU: You know what they say...
"Mascara doesn't help you if you don't know how to speak. Doesn't help if you have no manners."

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