In a labyrinthine Bucharest apartment, a cantankerous extended family has gathered 40 days after its patriarch’s death for a memorial service. Dark truths of the family’s past slowly emerge as everyone wrestles with the patriarch’s complicated legacy. As claustrophobia mounts, heated, humorous exchanges— about the old Communist days and the present age of terror—coalesce into a fascinatingly observed portrait of Romanian family life and personal and social disquiet.
Interviews: Interview with Cristi Puiu at Film Comment
Filmography: Aurora (2010), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)