Tuesday, after christmas

Tuesday, after christmas

Streaming Video - 2010 | Romany
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One of the central figures to emerge from the cinema of the Romanian New Wave, director Radu Muntean has created in TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS a tense, emotionally resonant drama about a middle-aged man caught between his commitment to his family and his affair with a younger woman. Paul and Adriana (played by Mimi Branescu and Mirela Oprisor, who also happen to be a couple in real life) are the happily married couple whose ten-year marriage is rocked when Paul falls into an illicit affair with his daughter's sexy dentist. Through beautifully calibrated performances and scorchingly intense long takes, the drama unfolds as Paul is forced to choose between the easy rapport and stability of his family life and the uncertainty and excitement of a relationship with a much younger woman.
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber : Made available through hoopla, 2010
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 99 min.)) : sd., col

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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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