On a scrappy, small-town Romanian talk show, the host bumbles through 45 minutes (shot in real time) with two dubious guests: an alcoholic professor and a befuddled old crank. The topic — ”Did a revolution happen in this town?” — means: When the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu fled from power on Dec. 22, 1989, did protesters arrive in the square before 12:08 (i.e., when they might have been punished) or were they just wimpy followers? 12:08 East of Bucharest is a shrewdly built comedy, but the characters are broad-verging-on-cheap unholy hick fools. B-
Genre: Foreign Language, Comedy, Drama; Starring: Mircea Andreescu, Teodor Corban; Director: Corneliu Porumboiu; Author: Corneliu Porumboiu; Runtime (in minutes): 89; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Tartan
Posted January 17 2015 — 9:14 AM EST
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