THE OAK (Lucian Pintilie, 1992)

Although writer-director Lucian Pintilie tries for Kusturícan rambunctious humor, I found his partly picaresque Balanta, based on the novel by Ion Baiescu, dispiriting and rough going. The fall of Nicolae Ceauşescu in 1989 brought Pintilie back to Romania, where he was appointed head of the Ministry of Culture’s film studio, in which capacity he fell […]