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      The Oak

      1992 1h 45m Drama List
      Reviews 91% Audience Score 100+ Ratings After her ex--Secret Police father dies, Nela (Maia Morgenstern) prepares to transfer to a teaching position outside of Bucharest, where she hopes to learn about her father's dark past. Traveling to a new city, her already difficult journey is halted when the train is stopped by a washed-out bridge, and when she continues on, she is gang-raped and then dismissed by police when she reports the crime. Eventually, Nela meets Mitica (Razvan Vasilescu), a doctor who accompanies her on her quest. Read More Read Less

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      William Repass Slant Magazine The film’s naïve utopianism is infectious, demanding that we live as though life were worth it in spite of all evidence to the contrary. Rated: 3/4 Apr 24, 2023 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 29, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member LETTERBOX. Toda una experiencia. Un manejo del absurdo realmente excepcional, y una pareja de protagonistas nada menos que memorable. Un ejemplo de que la sátira no tiene que seguir el modelo de los mamuts egocéntricos de Kubrick. / An experience in itself. A really exceptional handling of the absurd, with a protagonist couple who are nothing if not memorable. This shows that satire doesn't have to follow the model of Kubrick's egocentric mammoths. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review stefan c Definitely one of the most impressive movies produced by Romanian cinema, The Oak is a strange symbiosis between two "weird" extrovert characters and the communist regime. It all falls so swiftly into place that the film often feels part of a ludicrous adventure into a fairy tale. Sounds mad and actually is, just that it's terribly good! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis After her ex--Secret Police father dies, Nela (Maia Morgenstern) prepares to transfer to a teaching position outside of Bucharest, where she hopes to learn about her father's dark past. Traveling to a new city, her already difficult journey is halted when the train is stopped by a washed-out bridge, and when she continues on, she is gang-raped and then dismissed by police when she reports the crime. Eventually, Nela meets Mitica (Razvan Vasilescu), a doctor who accompanies her on her quest.
      Director
      Lucian Pintilie
      Producer
      Eliane Stutterheim, Sylvain Bursztejn, Lucian Pintilie
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Romanian
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $7.2K
      Runtime
      1h 45m