Cristian Mungiu

Graduation

Graduation

Blending rigorous naturalism with the precise construction of a thriller, this Cannes award–winning drama from Cristian Mungiu sheds light on the high stakes and ethical complexities of life in contemporary Romania. As his daughter nears high-school graduation, Romeo (Adrian Titieni), an upstanding doctor, counts on her securing a competitive scholarship that will send her to university in England. But when an injury sustained during a sexual assault compromises her performance on an important exam, Romeo’s best-laid plans for her threaten to crumble, leading him to seek favors in a world that runs on back-scratching and bribery. Suffused with quiet dread, Graduation takes a humane and deeply ambiguous look at how corrosive rampant corruption is to moral convictions.

Film Info

  • Cristian Mungiu
  • Romania
  • 2016
  • 127 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.39:1
  • Romanian
  • Spine #924

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • 2K digital master, approved by director Cristian Mungiu, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Mungiu
  • Press conference from the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, featuring Mungiu and actors Adrian Titieni, Maria Drăguș, Mălina Manovici, and Rareș Andrici
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri

Purchase Options

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • 2K digital master, approved by director Cristian Mungiu, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Mungiu
  • Press conference from the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, featuring Mungiu and actors Adrian Titieni, Maria Drăguș, Mălina Manovici, and Rareș Andrici
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri

Graduation
Cast
Adrian Titieni
Romeo
Maria Drăguș
Eliza
Lia Bugnar
Magda
Mălina Manovici
Sandra
Vlad Ivanov
Chief inspector
Rareș Andrici
Marius
Petre Ciubotaru
Vice-mayor Bulai
Gelu Colceag
Exam committee president
Alexandra Davidescu
Romeo’s mother
Credits
Director
Cristian Mungiu
Written by
Cristian Mungiu
Producer
Cristian Mungiu
Coproducers
Pascal Caucheteux
Coproducers
Grégoire Sorlat
Coproducers
Vincent Maraval
Coproducers
Jean Labadie
Coproducers
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Coproducers
Luc Dardenne
Director of photography
Tudor Vladimir Panduru
Sound and image editor
Mircea Olteanu
Sound recording and postprocessing
Constantin Fleancu
Mix
Olivier Dô Hùu
Production designer
Simona Pădurețu

From The Current

Where Are You, Romeo?
Where Are You, Romeo?

About halfway through Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation (2016), Dr. Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) finds himself in a patch of woods in the middle of the night, crying. It’s a surprisingly vulnerable moment for a protagonist who is usually all business.…

By Bilge Ebiri

On Film / Essays — May 24, 2018