Thursday, 3 May 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 130: Wed May 9

Tuesday, After Christmas (Muntean, 2009): Riverside Studios, 8pm
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Radu Muntean. It's a rare chance to see a film which did not get a British theatrical release but, as Michael Brooke points out in an excellent review in the June edition of Sight & Sound, turned up on quite a few best-of 2010/2011 lists (see this one from Telegraph critic Tim Robey).

Time Out review:
'A startling opening scene of post-coital bliss and romantic teasing sets the mood for the precise study of dialogue and gesture to come: 40-something Paul (Mimi Branescu) is in bed with 27-year-old dentist (Maria Popistasu) with whom he's having an affair behind the back of his wife Adriana (Mirela Oprisor). The film poses a dilemma: will Paul reveal the relationship to Adriana as they approach Christmas? But Muntean is mostly concerned with observing behaviour and extracting naturalistic performances from his actors in a series of fine scenes that he allows to run and run in a style familair from several other films of the Romanian New Wave.'


Watch the trailer.

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