Acclaimed filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days) returns with this searing human saga about a father driven to extremes in order to protect his daughter’s future. Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) is a seemingly honest doctor who regrets having settled in his native Romania, a country still teeming with corruption and back dealings. He channels his ambitions for a better life into his teenage daughter, Eliza (Maria Dragus), who’s just one exam away from securing a scholarship to a prestigious British university. But when Eliza is attacked on the eve of her test, endangering her ability to pass, Romeo takes matters into his own hands to ensure her success.
Winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes, Graduation is a masterful look at the complex moral choices and compromises some people make when desperation takes hold.
Variety, Jay Weissberg
As expected from a master like Mungiu, everything is beautifully structured and utterly credible
Huffington Post, Karin Badt
The movie is as tense as a thriller.
Time Out, Dave Calhoun
Cramming an enormous amount of story into just over two hours, with a time period of just a few days, ‘Graduation’ combines the always-on-the-move energy of Belgium’s Dardenne brothers with an oblique mystery familiar from Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke’s ‘The White Ribbon’ and, especially, his ‘Hidden.
The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw
A masterly, complex movie of psychological subtlety and moral weight
Washington Post - Ann Hornaday The power of the film is cumulative, as the filmmaker spins a mesmerizing morality tale from the dross of daily life. In his skillful hands, the ordinary turns out to be anything but