When Evening Falls on Bucharest or MetabolismHD
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About the Movie
A director asks his actress whether she’s comfortable doing a nude scene. As long as its justified, she says. Don’t worry, he replies. So begins Corneliu Porumboiu’s deliciously witty new film. Shot inside non-descript hotel lobbies, restaurants and apartments – places that lie on the periphery of a movie set, When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism follows Paul, a director of some renown, who is suffering from an imaginary medical condition and a real crisis of faith. He has two weeks left to shoot his latest opus; but is for some unknown reason plagued with doubt. Perhaps it has to do with his actress, with whom he’s having an affair, or the constraints of Chinese cuisine, or Michelangelo Antonioni, or something in between.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 15
- Fresh: 11
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "You can think what you like," Paul says. That sentiment applies to Mr. Porumboiu's dryly funny, enigmatic new work.
Rotten: Porumboiu so carefully intellectualizes every outwardly inconsequential exchange that the picture has no room to breathe, forcing audiences to work hard to catch the sly playfulness and cunning within.
Fresh: Takes a cliched-seeming premise and carefully proceeds to turn it on its head through logic, absurd humor and the consumption of vast quantities of cigarettes.
Fresh: With the dry wit of his shrewdly repressed long takes, Porumboiu puts dialectic front and center and speculates on the artistic implications of digital technology, even as he turns to medical imaging for some outrageously moist comedy.
Not Worth Your Time
I have seen this twice. I gave it a second chance in case I was wrong.
No imagination. No story. No character depth.
Pretty breasts, not much else.
A total student film. D-