R.M.N. ★★★½

A devastatingly intimate portrayal of the impact of globalization on a village in Romania, where ethnic Hungarians and native Romanians contend with the introduction of a small handful of Sri Lankan expatriates to the workforce. There’s a town hall scene in the last act that’s full of prejudice, racism and vitriol and it’s one of the ugliest things I’ve seen on screen in recent memory. The time spent with these villagers is fascinating, though occasionally more anthropologically than emotionally, but it’s all vividly directed by Mungiu. Unfortunately it doesn’t resolve itself with the same precision; the final scene is inscrutable but also oddly cheap; less of a climax than a deflation of energy.

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