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: August 26, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
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Critic Score: 91% 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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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

The universal midlife crisis just strikes as a woefully inadequate way to conclude a compelling chapter in Romanian history.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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

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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James Verniere
Boston Herald

'Golden' opportunity for foreign-language film buffs.

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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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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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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
Jesse Ortega
I don't know but, despite the rating, this film didn't really do it for me. The best thing about the movie is just finding out about the myths that… 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.