Eliza is a promising student with a scholarship to study abroad after she completes her secondary schooling. On the morning before her first exam, she is assaulted on the way to her Transylvania high school. This off-screen act of violence jeopardizes the future that she and her physician father Romeo have so carefully constructed. Co-awarded the Best Director prize at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival, Romanian writer-director Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days; Beyond the Hills) has crafted an intelligent and revealing portrait of the many compromises made by good people that end up perpetuating a corrupt system. A work of “brutal honesty,” in the words of Time Out London’s Dave Calhoun, Graduation is highlighted by the standout performances of Adrian Titieni and Maria Dragus as the film’s devoted father and daughter.
Director Cristian Mungiu 2016 Romania/France/Belgium 128 minutes R (for some language) DCP