A fost sau n-a fost?, (12:08 East of Bucharest)
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A fost sau n-a fost?, (12:08 East of Bucharest)
December 22. It's been 16 years since the Revolution and Christmas is approaching. Pisconi, an old retiree, is preparing to spend another lonely Christmas. Manescu, a history teacher, doesn't want to lose his entire salary to pay his debts. Jderescu, the owner of the local TV station, doesn't seem very interested in vacation. With Piscoci and Manescu's help, he wants to find an answer to a 16-year-old question: "Did a revolution really take place in their city?"
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dry comedies from eastern Europe tend to cast a skeptical eye on anything and everything, which is certainly the case with Corneliu Porumboiu's debut feature."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Porumboiu's satire about history and short memories is a modest, deadpan masterpiece."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"...12:08 East Of Bucharest doesn't pretend to have a position on the fallout of the Romanian Revolution. Instead it contends that different questions need to be asked and considered about post-Communist life..."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"While 12:08 East of Bucharest could take more than one viewing to truly appreciate, it's worth the commitment."
‑ Toddy Burton, Austin Chronicle
"The self-indulgent 12:08 East of Bucharest certainly takes its time getting to the point. In fact, the first third of this film could have been trimmed without much damage. And this Romanian comedy-drama is only an hour and a half in length."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"12:08 East of Bucharest is easier to admire than enjoy, funnier to describe than actually watch."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"12:08 East of Bucharest cleverly takes on the aftermath of the December 1989 revolution in Romania that resulted in the overthrow of Nicolae Ceaucescu. It's a movie that seems simple, yet its subtle and brilliant complexity is not to be denied."
‑ Leba Hertz, San Francisco Chronicle
"The movie provokes low-key laughs (yes, it's a comedy), but with a sad overtone."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Dryly funny throughout its first half, the film truly comes to life in its final 45 minutes."
‑ Martha Fischer, Cinematical
"The film leaves off on a perfect note of hopeful melancholy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Porumboiu starts off making a mordant slice of life, but he gradually entwines the personal and the historical, then ends on a poignant note. The story and situation are slight, but in the best possible way."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Black comedy with a subtle political edge."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"You will laugh till the streetlights blink on again in the damp Romanian twilight."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"Porumboiu's minimalist approach concentrates the movie's focus on its mournful characters, so disillusioned with their post-Communist life they question the history that led to it."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Human, savvy, funny, well observed; kudos to director Porumboiu for making something from nothing"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
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