Cristi Puiu‘s critical darling "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" was given a nominal theatrical release by Tartan Films back in April. We never came across the poster they created, so the DVD cover (the DVD went on sale today) came as a delightful surprise and a testament to the difficulties and sometime silliness of, you know, marketing. Calling the two-and-a-half hour Romanian film about the inability of a dying man to find assistance amidst an uncaring, inefficient national health care system "the most acclaimed comedy of the year" is…technically true, we suppose, in the same way that "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" is a mismatched buddy film and "Vertigo" is a cautionary tale about entering into a relationship with the expectations that you can change someone. Also, the cats! Our review of the film from the New York Film Festival last year is here; we do urge you to see the film, though perhaps not to expect a laff riot.
+ The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Amazon)