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Romania, France, Belgium · 2016
Rated R · 2h 7m
Director Cristian Mungiu
Starring Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar, Mălina Manovici
Genre Drama

A physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania has always encouraged his daughter to study abroad and is thrilled when she wins a scholarship to a British university. But on the day before her final exams, something happens that could jeopardize her entire future.

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For all the moral degradation of its characters, Graduation is uncompromising in its vision of the cost of parental responsibility.


Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

It’s not a despairing movie – Mungiu even suggests that a new generation might put things right – but it’s a brutally honest one.


Empire by David Parkinson

With the camera placement being as meticulous as the use of Handel on the soundtrack, this impeccably played saga deservedly earned Mungiu a share of the Best Director prize at Cannes.


The Film Stage by Giovanni Marchini Camia

It’s a moving portrait, but it’s also a very familiar and transparently constructed one, preventing the narrative from generating the urgency necessary to endow its moral implications with genuine vigor.


Variety by Jay Weissberg

As expected from a master like Mungiu, everything is beautifully structured and utterly credible, yet Graduation feels like a retread.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

An excoriating, gripping, intricately plotted morality play, Mungiu’s film is less linear, more circular or spiral-shaped than his previous Cannes titles...but it is no less rigorous and possibly even more eviscerating and critical of Romanian society, because it offers its critique across such a broad canvas.


The Hollywood Reporter by Leslie Felperin

Graduation isn’t one of Mungiu’s finest, but even a restrained, emotionally measured work like this is more interesting and provocative than many another director’s best effort.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Graduation is an intricate, deeply intelligent film, and a bleak picture of a state of national depression in Romania, where the 90s generation hoped they would have a chance to start again. There are superb performances from Titien and Dragus.

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