Fucky Film Review!

12:08 East of Bucharest

Posted by Web Manager on October 26, 2008

Corneliu Porumboiu 2006

A.O. Scott of the NY Times called this and FOUR MONTHS, THREE WEEKS AND TWO DAYS, two of his favorite movies of 2007. Both films are Romanian and set in the bleak years of communist rule. Neither is funny. In the case of FOUR MONTHS, this is not a problem at all because it’s not supposed to be a funny movie. But 12:08 is a comedy; the fact that it’s not funny is therefore a problem, at least for me. It doesn’t even have any funny moments. Maybe A.O. likes these two films so much because they do such a good job of setting themselves in the Eastern Bloc of the eighties, and there is something so filmy about that time/place that film buffs can’t help but enjoy. To sum up, if you’re deciding which Romanian film of 2006/7 to rent, pick FOUR MONTHS.  And if you’re looking for a good bleak comedy there’s no reason to go all the way to Romania. Try England.

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