Tuesday, After Christmas
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The Romanian New Wave of the past decade has yielded such internationally acclaimed gems as 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and 12:08 East of Bucharest. Add to them Tuesday, After Christmas, an elegant, emotionally resonant drama of a middle-class couple whose 10-year marriage is rocked by the husband's illicit affair with their daughter's sexy dentist. In many respects it's an oft-told tale: Paul must choose between the easy rapport and stability of his family life and the uncertainty and excitement of a relationship with a much younger woman. In… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Tuesday, After Christmas" goes down pretty smooth, with a sneaky-powerful aftertaste."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"More about well-observed moments of everyday life than it is about heightened melodrama."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"It might seem that Muntean is doing less work here, or avoiding choices, but he is very definitely making deliberate choices. Indeed, his choices seem to cut closer to the bone."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"superb"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"Muntean's obsessive gaze might border on the emotionally exploitative were it not accompanied by deep empathy for the plights of all involved."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"The latest bloom from the flourishing garden that is Romanian cinema, Radu Muntean's Tuesday, After Christmas chronicles the emotional fallout from a classic love triangle, but it unfolds with the agonizing tension of a suspense film."
‑ Scott Tobias, NPR
"Muntean has pulled off the near-impossible, turning each scene (captured in capacious long takes) into arias of generosity for his actors."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Not every picture from a burgeoning film scene needs to be a classic, and this formerly-Communist country is proving to be fertile ground for quality cinema. Tuesday, After Christmas is a minor selection from a major movement."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Deliberately paced drama of adultery depends on nuance and subtext, the latter holding far more meaning than the subtitles."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"The film's intense intimacy and acute observation work in its favor but quite enough to sustain us through the longeurs."
‑ Richard Mowe, Boxoffice Magazine
"Like an alternate-universe Woody Allen film, in which real people wrestle with what their hearts want despite the hurt it causes everyone, including themselves."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Marital infidelity is hardly a new cinematic topic. But this film is far from cliched, thanks to the literate script and a trio of sensitive performances..."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Emotionally complex."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ebert Presents At The Movies
"It is faint praise to note that Tuesday, After Christmas is the most approachable of recent Romanian releases. Still, it's neither revealing nor compelling."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
"If Tuesday, After Christmas has a flaw, it is its lack of subtext."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
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