12.08 East of Bucharest (2006)

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Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Cast: Mircea Andreescu, Teodor Corban, Ion Sapdaru


In a town some forty kilometres east of the capital, on the sixteenth anniversary of the Romanian revolution, a talk show host prepares to gather what contributors he can to a phone-in special examining the question of whether the locals indeed participated in the uprising or allowed themselves merely to be borne along on its coat tails.

The Review

A dry character comedy boasting a number of well-observed scenes between the locals and its protagonists gives way to a second half consisting of a delicious real-time parody of a quietly disastrous TV show, with callers insulting the one guest professing to having been out on the streets before the all-important time of 12:08. Satire as subtle as this doesn't happen by often these days.