Tales from the Golden Age

  • 12
  • Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Popescu, Ioana Uricaru (2009)
  • Rom (SUB)
  • 146 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

The darkest days under dictator Nicolae Ceausescu are recalled with ironic nostalgia in this ribald collection of urban myths. The brainchild of Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), the five vignettes are directed by - and credited collectively to - himself and four first-time feature-makers. The standout is the opener, "The Legend of the Official Visit", in which residents of a rural community strain to accommodate the requests of the apparatchiks organising a fleeting inspection by some Communist dignitaries. "The Legend of the Party Photographer" also amuses in recalling the pressure placed on the media to put the most positive spin on the regime's every deed. But both "The Legend of the Chicken Driver" and "The Legend of the Air Sellers" linger on the theme of cheating the system, while "The Tale of the Greedy Policeman" is merely a shaggy dog story. As with all portmanteau films, the whole is somewhat patchy. But the incidents are linked by a keen appreciation of the fear, suspicion, confinement, corruption and venality that blighted daily life for most Romanians in the 1970s and 80s.

Plot Summary

Compilation of five short films all inspired by urban legends from Romania's Communist era, including a couple who try to work out how to discreetly slaughter a black-market pig, and a photographer who has to doctor an unflattering picture of Ceausescu. Comedy, with Diana Cavallioti, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean, Calin Chirila and Avram Birau. In Romanian.

Cast and crew

Cast

Secretary
Alexandru Potocean
Mayor
Teodor Corban
Party inspector
Emanuel Pirvu
Photographer
Avram Birau
Photographer's assistant
Paul Dunca
Party secretary
Viorel Comanici
Grigore
Vlad Ivanov
Camelia
Tania Popa
Marusia
Liliana Mocanu
Policeman Alexa
Ion Sapdaru
Policeman's wife
Virginia Mirea
Bughi
Radu Iacoban

Crew

Director
Hanno Hofer
Director
Razvan Marculescu
Director
Cristian Mungiu
Director
Constantin Popescu
Director
Ioana Uricaru

Other Information

Language: 
Romanian +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Trinity Filmed Entertainment
Available on DVD
Released 30 Oct 2009
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Trinity Filmed Entertainment
Categories
Comedy