The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu ★★ Moartea Domnului La-zarescu 2005 (R)
The title character (Fiscute-nau) is a grubby 62-year-old widower living in a shabby apartment with a lot of cats. After suffering head and stomach pains all day, he finally calls for help. Medic Mioara (Gheorghiu) and the ambulance driver eventually arrive and the dying man is trundled from one over-crowded hospital to another to be seen by one overworked and/or indifferent doctor after another. He gets sicker and weaker until someone finally pays attention. This all takes a very, very long time and the message seems to be don't get seriously sick in Bucharest. Inspired by an actual 1997 incident; Romanian with subtitles. 154m/C DVD . RO Luminita Gheorghiu, Ion Fiscuteanu, Gabriel Spahiu, Doru Ana, Dana Dogaru, Florin Zamfirescu; D: Cristi Puiu; W: Cristi Puiu, Razvan Radulescu; C: Oleg Mutu; M: Andreea Paduraru.