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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

Moartea domnului Lãzãrescu (original title)
Mr. Lãzãrescu, a dying old man, is shuttled from hospital to hospital by a loyal paramedic as doctors refuse to operate and no one can agree on a diagnosis.

Director:

Cristi Puiu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doru Ana Doru Ana ... Sandu Sterian
Monica Barladeanu ... Mariana
Alina Berzunteanu Alina Berzunteanu ... Dr. Zamfir
Dorian Boguta ... Ambulantier (as Doru Boguta)
Mimi Branescu ... Dr. Mirica
Mihai Bratila Mihai Bratila ... Dr. Breslasu
Dragos Bucur ... Misu
Robert Bumbes Robert Bumbes ... Robert
Dan Chiriac Dan Chiriac ... Medic triaj Spitalui Universitar
Mirela Cioaba Mirela Cioaba ... Marioara
Laura Cret Laura Cret ... Medic ecograf, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Dana Dogaru Dana Dogaru ... Mihaela Sterian
Bogdan Dumitrache ... Medic, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Alexandru Fifea Alexandru Fifea ... Brancardier, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Ion Fiscuteanu ... Mr. Lazarescu (Domnui Lazarescu) (as Ioan Fiscuteanu)
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Storyline

Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him to another hospital and then yet another... As the night unfolds and they can't find a hospital for Mr. Lazarescu, his health starts to deteriorate fast. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

22 September 2005 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,880, 30 April 2006

Gross USA:

$80,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$216,922
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mandragora See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Cousins wrote about The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005): "This long night's journey into day is one of the highlights of 21st century realist cinema. It's compassion and detail link it back to movies like Bicycle Thieves (1948), and its dramatic arc makes it feel like an Edward Albee play." [Romanian Film Season in Edinburgh, 2015] See more »

Quotes

Marioara: I'm ready Virgil, come get him and take him to Anghel!
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Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

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In Apa Marii
Music by George Grigoriu and lyrics by Mircea Block
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Brrrrrr!
8 October 2005 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

The medical system, if you want to call it that, because there's nothing really systematic about it, is savagely explored in the curiously interesting " Death Of Mister Lazarescu", a movie that I'm liking more and more now that I think back on what I saw. Essentially following a hellish night of a lout who gets head and chest pains and then dares to call the ambulance and better yet, dares to go to a hospital. I kind of wonder about this exposure of the medical system, even though it does take place in Romania, whether the same thing could happen here, eg, the type of medical care largely depends on your social class and whether you have enough money or not. Having said that. The lead actor, one Ion Fiscuteanu, is simply phenomenal in the title role as a belligerent old drunk who rather grudgingly goes to the hospital, and as he gets shuffled from hospital to hospital (largely because of a bus accident that swamped many of the E.Rs in the city, becomes less and less communicative… What a show, and what heartless people the hospital people are! Not just to the patient, who can't stop commenting about his drinking, but also to the EMT's, who dare to offer medical opinions but then are shot down because "they are'nt doctors". OUCH! What a show! If you ever get a chance, try to go see this one.


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