A doctor and his wife reel when their teenage daughter is assaulted by a strange man on the eve of her college entrance exam, and after her promising academic career is compromised by a low score, the father conspires to help her cheat on a repeat examination. Writer-director Cristian Mungiu was hailed as a leading light of the Romanian new wave for his 2007 drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, about a woman seeking an illegal abortion during the Ceausescu years, and Graduation shares with that movie a sense of how personal morality can be misshapen by the institutions of an immoral society. The doctor guards other secrets—a longtime affair with a single mother, a clandestine relationship with government agents spying on one of his patients—and Mungiu notes the various equivocations and rationalizations the protagonist uses to justify himself to himself. In Romanian with subtitles.
Director: Cristian Mungiu
Producer: Cristian Mungiu and Tudor Reu
Cast: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Rares Andrici, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici, Vlad Ivanov, Petre Ciubotaru, David Hodorog, Gheorghe Ifrim and Lucian Ifrim