Capsule Review: by Lisa Nesselson
Nowhere near a frenetic as Pintilie's "The Oak" and nowhere near as
wrenching as Pintilie's "An Unforgettable Summer", "Too Late" features
enough full frontal male nudity to run a lending library for the other 82
films in selections and sidebars at Cannes and still have a few
uncricumsized penises to spare. An ethically driven inspector in
contemporary Romania looks into murderous events in a coal mine.
Corruption is rife and (surprise, surprise) worker safety and welfare is
not upmost in management's mind. The twist is that the workers don't
necessarily WANT their welfare looked into -- they just want to keep their
thankless, dangerous jobs..
Capsule Review: by David Sterritt
There's less to say about Lucian Pintilie's new drama, "Too Late," which also
has a midway position in its director's aesthetic, between the rambunctious
ramblings of "The Oak" and the old-fashioned narrativuity of "An
Unforgettable Summer," which forgettably screened here a year ago. Set in and
around a proliferating mine that's evidently symbolic of Rumania's
complexities in recent years, it builds toward a suspense sequence that
almost makes up in dramatic momentum what it lacks in metaphoric originality.
(I far prefer the metaphorical edge-of-your-seat stuff at the end of Mircea
Daneliuc's ferocious "Jacob" back in 1988.) Pintilie knows filmmaking, but he
hasn't yet convinced me of the consistency of his talent.
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