Graduation ★★½

Claustrophobic drama about a middle-aged schlub bumbling around trying to juggle various problems that spring up when his daughter is sexually assaulted is well-acted and not without dramatic gravitas but simply feels too much like a hundred other acclaimed arthouse films of its era; Mungiu's Beyond the Hills was much better because its characters were so much less predictable.

Libraries in movies watch: Lia Bugnar's character is a librarian who is shown filing reference materials; her job is given as a metaphor for directionless misery a la It's a Wonderful Life... but I swear that's not why I didn't like this!