Tales from the Golden Age
Tales from the Golden Age (2011)

The final 15 years of the Ceausescu regime were the worst in Romania's history. Nonetheless, the propaganda machine of that time referred without fail to that period as "the golden age"... Tales from the Golden Age adapts for… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: February 14, 2012
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The collection is a mixed bag, although there are no clunkers.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Though much lighter than the country's art-house fare of the past few years, the collection serves as a sampler of the much-heralded Romanian cinema.

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James Verniere
Boston Herald

'Golden' opportunity for foreign-language film buffs.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

There are moments, especially in the first two tales, that conjure a maniacal Chaplinesque verve.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

It's a frustrating case of individual triumph cancelling out collective cohesion in this sporadically enjoyable, if tonally mismatched, anthology of five short films.

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Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

All the stories have their merits, celebrating a people amusingly out of step with their stalwart, demented leaders.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Bracketed by the Ceausescu anthem, the movie recalls a social disaster in painstaking detail and with a measure of ambivalent love.

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Jay Weissberg

[The directors'] youth and talent should allay fears that the country's film explosion is incapable of hitting a broad range of notes, and offer hope that more mainstream, home-grown offerings can spur cinema building within Romania.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

This deeply human array of short films dealing with Communist Romania provides many a well-observed laugh and moment of hard-pressed economic truth.

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Daniel Perry
Five shorts from a five-director team make up this brilliant portrait of Ceausescu's Romania, each of them revealing a sad truth about how tough life was… More
Greg S
A dramatization of five urban legends that circulated in Romania under communist rule: propagandists make an error retouching a photo of Ceausescu, a family… More
Ross Collins
Comedic yet tragic tales of the absurd life of Romanians during the days of Ceaucescu's communist rule.