Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Trenchant Romanian drama that follows the all-night odyssey of a dying old man, Mr. Lazarescu (Ion Fiscuteanu), as he is shuttled from one hospital to the next, encountering indifference and insensitivity from the doctors and medical staff, with only a compassionate ambulance driver (Mioara Avram) to plead his case. Deliberately paced, filmed with an unvarnished look and featuring understated performances, director Cristi Puiu's perceptive commentary on health care, in charting Lazarescu's plight, poignantly brings attention to how uncaring bureaucracy and societal apathy can depreciate the dignity of a human being. Subtitles. Some rough and crude language and brief partial nudity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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