Romeo Aldea (49) has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. On the day before her first written exam, Eliza is assaulted in an attack that could jeopardise her entire future. Now Romeo has to make a decision. "Cramming an enormous amount of story into just over two hours, with a time period of just a few days, 'Graduation' combines the always-on-the-move energy of Belgium's Dardenne brothers with an oblique mystery familiar from Austrian film-maker Michael Haneke's 'The White Ribbon' and, especially, his 'Hidden'. Both of those films were partly about the morality we do or don't pass down to our kids, and that's the abiding theme here. It's not a despairing movie - Mungiu even suggests that a new generation might put things right - but it's a brutally honest one." (Time Out)
Creditsdirector: Cristian Mungiu
producer: Cristian Mungiu
screenplay: Cristian Mungiu
Editor: Mircea Olteanu
Cinematography: Tudor Vladimir Panduru
sound: Mircea Olteanu
production company: Mobra Films
More infodialogue: Romanian
subtitles: Dutch/Fr subt.
country: Romania - France - Belgium
CRISTIAN MUNGIU: Zapping (2000, Short), Nici o întâmplare (2000, Short), Corul Pompierilor (2000, Short), Occident (2002), Lost and Found (2005, Episode "Turkey Girl), 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), Tales from the Golden Age (2009), Beyond the Hills (2012), Graduation (2016).
Technical Specssound: Stereo 5.1