Sumptuous in the conception and solemn in the storytelling, Cristian Mungiu’s last film is an all-encompassing fresco of rural Rumania, a sort of contemporary version of Ivo Andric’s novel The Bridge on the Drina. Nevertheless, the panoramic ambition of the film finally weakens its energy and its cinematic specificity. R.M.N. could be taken as a symptom of the political turn of Rumanian New Wave, traditionally focused on the particular stories of the individuals, but larger societal phenomena such as racism and xenophobia seem to finally be reduced to family conflicts and a kind of (excusable?) universal psychologism.
Cristian Mungiu | ROM 2022 | 125’ | Zurich Film Festival 2022 | CH-Distribution: Cineworx
Text: Giuseppe Di Salvatore