12:08 East of Bucharest (A fost sau n-a fost?)
12:08 East of Bucharest (A fost sau n-a fost?) (2007)

Gil-Scott Heron once wrote "the revolution will not be televised," but one Romanian newsman attempts to put his nation's revolution on the air after the fact in this satiric comedy from writer and director Corneliu Porumboiu.… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 6, 2007
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a witty script full of satirical overtones and dry humor, 12:08 East of Bucharest is a thoroughly enjoyable Romanian comedy.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist

...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...

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

12:08 East of Bucharest is easier to admire than enjoy, funnier to describe than actually watch.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Black comedy with a subtle political edge.

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Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

The movie provokes low-key laughs (yes, it's a comedy), but with a sad overtone.

David Fear
Time Out

Porumboiu's satire about history and short memories is a modest, deadpan masterpiece.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Live television going down in flames is always good for a laugh.

Martha Fischer

Dryly funny throughout its first half, the film truly comes to life in its final 45 minutes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Romanian films are certainly where it's at. The past 5 years have thrown up simple yet engaging works unmatched by the majority of the world. They have the… More
John Ballantine
A tremendously funny film about recollection but moreso how we often develop stories in order to make us part of larger events or experiences. A true gem.
Michael S
One of the funniest films of 2007.
Panta Oz
This is a satire so well done that most of the time you won't even notice how many things ridicules at the same time! Romanian cinema is on a roll, and… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"12:08 East of Bucharest" has two things in common with other Romanian movies I have seen in the last couple of years:[/font]… More
William Goss
Too deadpan for its own good. Feels long even under 90 minutes.