Tuesday, after Christmas

Tuesday, after Christmas

Marți, după crăciun

DVD - 2011 | Romanian
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In the days leading up to Christmas, a married man forces himself to choose between his wife and his mistress. A sharply observed, deeply felt drama, showcasing the strengths of current Romanian cinema in its beautifully calibrated performances, expert craftsmanship, and dazzling technical mastery.


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Dec 05, 2014

Family man Paul has been having a five month affair with dental hygienist Raluca, much to her dour mother’s displeasure, and is now head over heels in love with the younger woman. Torn between this new romance and a sense of duty to his unsuspecting wife Adriana and their ten-year old daughter Paul must make the most difficult decision in his life: which woman should he leave? And just to make matters worse, Christmas is only a few days away. Those looking for dramatic fireworks will be sorely disappointed with this ultra low-key kitchen drama, for if Romanian directors are noted for one thing it’s their ability to wring piercing truths from the most commonplace domestic scenarios. Mundane conversations about gift shopping and dental appointments suggest Paul and Adriana are in a rut while silly bedroom banter reveals an emotional immaturity between man and mistress. But when the big confession finally occurs the resulting confrontation between betrayed wife (a brilliant performance by Mirela Oprisor) and floundering husband crackles with anger and bitterness leading to an ironically downplayed Christmas Eve coda with the in-laws. Perhaps a tad too dry in its lead-up but director Radu Muntean ends it all with a punch to the gut that’s as visceral as it is psychological.

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