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By Cristian Mungiu
Wednesday 21.06.23

R.M.N. is a complex, gripping and perfectly orchestrated drama, where Cristian Mungiu gives us a glimpse into a detailed cross section of life in a Romanian village in the Transylvanian mountains, and through that he gives us an striking analysis of Europe today.

About the film

Matthias works in a butcher's shop in Germany. He's an overworked guest worker, who doesn't even get time off to call home. However, at home in his Romanian village, he is the member of a well-respected family. Here too we encounter guest workers, hired by the local bakery because the young people in town have travelled to Western countries where the salary is higher. Growing ethnic and economic resentments are tearing at the fabric of the small mountain town.

The title is the Romanian word for MR, an apparatus which creates images of the internal organs of the body. These are the types of detailed cross-sections that director Christian Mungiu gives us. Not just the village, but also Europe today. About the conflict of city and land, East and West, between those who are always and never heard. About those who are on the inside, and those who must stand outside and gently knock, in the hopes that no one will be offended by the request to be let in.

Some films are greater than themselves. R.M.N. is that kind of story.


About the filmmaker

Cristian Mungiu (b. 1968) is a Romanian filmmaker. He won the Palme d'Or in Cannes in 2007 for his film, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which he wrote and directed. He's also won awards for best screenplay and best director at Cannes in 2012 and 2016, for the films Beyond the Hills and Graduation.

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