Death of Mr Lazarescu (2005)
IMDb Rating 8.4
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Ion Fiscuteanu Mr. Lazarescu
Luminita Gheorghiu Mioara Avram
Gabriel Spahiu Leo
Doru Ana Sandu Sterian
Dana Dogaru Miki Sterian
Florin Zamfirescu Dr. Ardelean
Clara Voda Dr. Gina Filip
Adrian Titieni Dr. Dragos Popescu
Mihai Bratila Dr. Breslasu
Mimi Branescu Dr. Mirica
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu is a sadly funny film that tells the story of an old man whom no one really knows or cares about. When he falls ill and needs medical treatment, he faces a team of busy doctors who are concerned because they have to be, not because they really care. Running just over 2-1/2 hours, this Romanian film allows the viewer to visualize how suffocatingly slow time must seem for Lazarescu (Ion Fiscuteanu), who isn't expecting the best treatment--just any treatment would be nice. With the exception of a conscientious paramedic, there doesn't seem to be much concern whether he lives or dies. TV viewers have been weaned on medical dramas such as ER, Chicago Hope, and House--all of which depict physicians who will go to all lengths to cure their patients. While noble and entertaining, these series probably offer less realism than The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, in which lack of funds and staff don't allow time for suitable bedside manner. No one is vilified, not even some of the hospital staff that is disgusted by the side effects of their patients' illnesses. The story is well told in a humane and mesmerizing manner that yanks at the heartstrings while still eliciting a laugh or two. --Jae-Ha Kim
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Foreign
Director Cristi Puiu
Producer Bobby Paunescu; Anca Puiu
Writer Cristi Puiu; Razvan Radulescu
Studio Tartan Video
Country Romania
Language Romanian
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 153 mins
Movie Release Date 5/17/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 783
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 9/11/2006
Product Details
Edition Sub
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 842498020173
Release Date 9/12/2006
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Interview with the Director
Perspective on the U.S. Healthcare System by Dr. Fred Berlin
Booklet featuring:
· The New York Times film article by Alan Riding
· Cinemascope Interview with the Director by Christoph Huber
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