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      Tuesday, After Christmas

      Released May 25, 2011 1h 40m Drama List
      74% Tomatometer 23 Reviews 68% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Middle-aged Paul (Mimi Branescu) lives in a pleasant Bucharest apartment with his wife, Adrianna (Mirela Oprisor), and their 9-year-old daughter. But unbeknown to Adrianna, Paul is also having an affair with the family's dentist, Raluca (Maria Popistasu). As Christmas approaches, Paul finds himself forced to choose between the woman with whom he has shared the last decade of his life and the passionate new partner who has given him a revitalized image of himself. Read More Read Less

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      Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com "Tuesday, After Christmas" goes down pretty smooth, with a sneaky-powerful aftertaste. May 28, 2011 Full Review Scott Tobias NPR The latest bloom from the flourishing garden that is Romanian cinema, Radu Muntean's Tuesday, After Christmas chronicles the emotional fallout from a classic love triangle, but it unfolds with the agonizing tension of a suspense film. May 27, 2011 Full Review Joe Neumaier New York Daily News Like an alternate-universe Woody Allen film, in which real people wrestle with what their hearts want despite the hurt it causes everyone, including themselves. Rated: 4/5 May 27, 2011 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row A slow burner, but the final payoff is extraordinary, leaving the characters before grappling with their inner turmoils before embarking on a very tough road. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 5, 2019 Full Review Martin Tsai Critic's Notebook "Tuesday, After Christmas" simply doesn't add anything new to the stale tale of infidelity. Oct 7, 2015 Full Review Amy Taubin Artforum Brilliant acting is what distinguishes most Romanian New Wave movies, and here the interactions of Brănescu, Oprişor, and Popistaşu are exceptional. Oct 6, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Not very entertaining. Slow and realistic. But gives a sense of Romanian culture. Characters relate-able, possibly. But some unrealistic reactions and emotions. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Serge L Not much happening but the actors are incredibly good. Really feel like spying on a break up slowly unraveling. Or is it a change of wife. It's a turtle changing house, for a smaller one, mind you. No blood, no murder suicide, just a change of house. Married people, I'm telling you... Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/02/16 Full Review Audience Member Not much happening but the actors are incredibly good. Really feel like spying on a break up slowly unraveling. Or is it a change of wife. It's a turtle changing house, for a smaller one, mind you. No blood, no murder suicide, just a change of house. Married people, I'm telling you... Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review henry h Belongs to that rare crop of movies (Ponette, Mid-August Lunch, Before the Rain, Blame it on Fidel) that is more real than we imagine reality to be. Tuesday, after Christmas is sober, without the falsifications of a musical score. You may not know while you watch what this movie will eventually mean to you, but rest assured, whatever it is, it will be lasting. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member "Tuesday, After Christmas" is to be admired for its totally un-showy long shots in which Radu Muntean's actors just talk to one another, and Muntean draws conflict from language and reaction. We don't even really see much of the girl Raluca (Maria Popistasu) with whom Paul (Mimi Branescu) is having an affair in comparison to his partner Adriana (Mirela Oprisor), especially once the eventual secret's out. In the first scene of "Tuesday" we see Paul and Raluca post-coitus in bed one either gloomy morning or gloomy afternoon, when she makes him promise to quit smoking after the holidays. But by the few weary final frames it's Paul who's left to his own devices, in a movie about consequences catching up with time, and vice versa. You'll for sure be thinking about "Tuesday, After Christmas" long after then. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member An engaging drama that gives us the impression that the excellent actors are improvising in the many long takes, so natural and unaffected they seem in their roles. But this Romanian film could have opted for close-ups in its key scenes to enhance the dramatic intensity. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Middle-aged Paul (Mimi Branescu) lives in a pleasant Bucharest apartment with his wife, Adrianna (Mirela Oprisor), and their 9-year-old daughter. But unbeknown to Adrianna, Paul is also having an affair with the family's dentist, Raluca (Maria Popistasu). As Christmas approaches, Paul finds himself forced to choose between the woman with whom he has shared the last decade of his life and the passionate new partner who has given him a revitalized image of himself.
      Director
      Radu Muntean
      Producer
      Dragos Vilcu
      Screenwriter
      Alexandru Baciu, Radu Muntean, Razvan Radulescu
      Distributor
      Lorber Films
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Romanian
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 25, 2011, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 17, 2020
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $25.9K
      Runtime
      1h 40m