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6 Votes (2.8)
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
Moartea domnului Lazarescu (original title)
Fiction, 153 min
Production country   Romania
Language   Romanian
Director   Cristi Puiu
Scriptwriters   Cristi Puiu, Razvan Radulescu
Producer   Oleg Mutu
Plot keywords    
black comedy, drama
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One Saturday evening, Mr. Lazarescu, a 63-year-old widower, calls for an ambulance after suffering from head and stomach-aches. He lives alone with his three cats, likes to drink, and often self-medicates from his supply of pills.When the ambulance fails to arrive, Mr. Lazarescu asks his neighbours, the Sterians for help.Though disapproving of his dirty apartment and the alcohol on his breath, they manage to summon help, which arrives in the guise of nurse Mioara and ambulance driver Leo.Meanwhile, victims of a local bus accident are crowding the city’s hospitals.
As the night wears on and his condition worsens, Mr. Lazarescu will be transferred to four hospitals and seen by countless doctors, almost all over-worked and short-tempered, and each with his own diagnosis…

Awards and Nominations

Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes 2005
Silver Hugo at Chicago IFF 2005
Nominated for European Film Awards 2005
3 Awards at Bratislava IFF 2005
2 awards at Copenhagen IFF 2005
FIPRESCI Prize at Palm Springs IFF 2006
Prize Trieste at Trieste Film Festival 2006
5 Awards at Transilvania IFF 2006
2 Awards at Tallin Black Nights 2006
Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Color
Aspect ratio   1.85:1
Production format   35mm
Distribution format   35mm
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