R.M.N is a saturated, intricate, and perfectly orchestrated drama in which Cristian Mungiu serves up detailed cross-sections of life in a Romanian village in the Transylvanian mountains, thus providing an apt analysis of Europe today.

Matthias works at a slaughterhouse in Germany. At work, he is a dogged guest worker, but at home in his Romanian village, the position is turned upside down. Although apparently originally Roma, he is adopted into a respected family. We managed to get rid of the gypsies, says a friend, without realizing who he is saying it to. «But now these blacks come and take over instead». These «blacks» are three migrant workers, hired by the local bakery. The young people have left for higher wages in Western countries.

The title is Romanian for MRI, a device used to create images of the body's internal organs. And it is precisely such detailed cross-sections that director Christian Mungiu serves. Not only of the village but also of Europe today. This is about the conflict between city and country, east and west, between those who are always heard and those who never are. About those who are in good European company and feel «threatened from all sides». And those who have to beg and knock gently, hoping that no one will take their request in a bad way.

This film was chosen by film critic Ulrik Eriksen.


Cristian Mungiu (b. 1968) is a Romanian filmmaker. He won the Palme d'Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for his film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which he wrote and directed. He has also won awards for Best Screenplay and Best Director at the 2012 and 2016 Cannes Film Festivals, for his films Beyond the Hills and Graduation.


2016 Graduation / Bacalaureat
2012 Beyond the Hills / Dupa dealuri
2009 Tales from the Golden Age
2007 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

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