Rent Tales from the Golden Age (2009)

3.7 of 5 from 82 ratings
2h 6min
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Synopsis:
To warm and often hilarious effect, Mungiu combines several urban legends to portray a time during which food was more important than money, freedom more important than love and survival more important than principles. As he does so, he subtly and comically unseats the propagandist myth that Ceausescu's Romania was the "golden age" of communism.
Actors:
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Directors:
Hanno Höfer, Razvan Marculescu
Writers:
Cristian Mungiu
Aka:
Amintiri din epoca de aur
Studio:
Trinity
Genres:
Comedy
Countries:
Romania, Comedy
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/02/2010
Run Time:
126 minutes
Languages:
Romanian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Legend of the zealous activist
  • UK theatrical trailer

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Reviews (1) of Tales from the Golden Age

Hilarious, Absurdist Portmanteau Movie set in 1980s Romania - Tales from the Golden Age review by PV

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23/03/2013

This is a hilarious collection of 5 short stories connected by a single theme: life in communist Romania in the 1980s. It made me laugh more than most Hollywood comedies, that's for sure!

They used to call these Portmaneau films, and companies like Hammer used to do them a lot, in films like Dead of Night, or with passengers on a train telling heir tales, or with characters connected by objects bought by people from an old antiques shop (which led to horror tales), and another one where people stared inot shears and had dreams.

Anyway, I loved this movie - and would happily watch it again. There are 5 tales for me - the strongest for me being the first (the Merrygoround (a great metaphor for communism), the second (about the photographer) and the hilariou penultimate tale about the pig.

Acting and direction are spot-on, and the scripts made me and those with me laugh: there are some real absurdities and paradoxes, which are all too often based on the almost surreally absurd realities to communism: things like this really happened back then.

Five stars.

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