‘Baccalaureat’ is the new film by the talented Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu, who received a Palme d’Or in 2007 for his shocking ’4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days’.
The movie is set in a city in Transylvania. It is the story of Romeo, a doctor, and his wife, who put all their ambitions into the academic success of their daughter, Eliza. It is the year, she sits the Baccalaureat exam and if she passes with distinction she can study abroad in Britain.
But on the day of the exam she gets assaulted and has to miss it. Romeo’s world falls apart.
While he has always taught his daughter moral rigor and honesty, he sets out to bribe the administration to allow his daughter to go abroad.
This is a pessimistic film about the Romanian middle class who no longer have any illusions and prefer to send their children to study abroad rather than for them to stay in the country.
Corruption and using influence illegally are at the heart of this film, which resonates with an echo of recent events in Romania.
Mungiu, again, looks at Romanian society without any concession and takes the pulse of a country which is out of breath, ready to compromise. It is a hard and powerful film which was rewarded last year in Cannes with the best director award said Euronews critic, Fred Ponsard.