Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Graduation is the new film from internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), a powerful and universal study of a devoted father who faces a tormenting moral dilemma.
“A masterpiece … a fascinating, complex study of one man’s moral choices at a crucial juncture in his life.” – Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com
Discouraged by the lack of opportunities for a better life in post-Communist Romanian society, Romeo (Adrian Titieni), a decent, conscientious doctor, has dedicated himself to helping his teenage daughter Eliza (Maria Dragus) go to university in England with a scholarship. It is all arranged, but Eliza just needs to pass one last exam—a formality for such a good student. Unfortunately, this proves to be a problem, and Romeo reluctantly reaches out to try to fix it, getting himself entangled in an increasingly sticky web of corruption. He must try to explain to his idealistic daughter, who he raised to be honest, that she needs to bend the rules just this once, for a good cause. (Dir. by Cristian Mungiu, 2016, Romania/ France/ Belgium, in Romania with English subtitles, 128 mins., Rated R)