I lived in Romania for about ten months when I was younger but I never really got a chance to see films. As time has passed, I have realized how much the nation of Romania has offered to cinema. Tuesday, After Christmas is a devastating drama that was selected for the Un Certain Regard section, which is a section dedicated to films with unusual styles at Cannes. I find it to be a pretty mesmerizing film that reminded me of a place I miss a lot.
Paul is a banker in Bucharest who is married to Adriana. They have a daughter named Mara together and live in a nice flat. Paul is shown in bed with a woman who is not Adriana at the very beginning of the film and it immediately stirs up all kinds of tension. It’s a methodical film that takes its time but when the peak argument happens, my jaw dropped for an extended period of time.
This film brings up some of the uncomfortable things that occur in a marriage and it’s not something everyone wants to watch but I would say that the performances are worth it. Mirela Oprisor plays Adriana and she brings the thunder down in one scene that will surely remain in my brain forever. Mimi Branescu is not like any other actor I’ve seen and his performance as Paul is very intriguing. Tuesday, After Christmas has introduced me to something I knew about but never got the chance to meet. I’ll be keeping my eye out for more Radu Muntean directed films and more Romanian films in general.