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The death of Mr. Lăzărescu (2005)– an artistic movie whose action takes place in one night, during which Mioara, a paramedic, is doing her best to help Mr. Lăzărescu receive the medical attention he deserves.


Place where the object is located
Available on Cinepub -The ultimate online Romanian Film archive
https://en.cinepub.ro/?s=lazarescu&post_type=amy_movie&amy_type=movie
On CinePUB YouTube channel
https://youtu.be/3Gzd6bv_imI
Story of the object
Dante Remus Lăzărescu, a cranky retired engineer, lives alone as a widower with his three cats in a Bucharest apartment. In the grip of extreme pain, Lăzărescu calls for an ambulance, but when none arrives, he asks for his neighbors' help. Not having the medicine Lăzărescu wants, the neighbors give him some pills for his nausea. A neighbor reveals that Lăzărescu is a heavy drinker. His neighbor helps Lăzărescu back to his apartment and to bed. They call again for an ambulance.
When the ambulance finally arrives, the nurse, Mioara, dispels the idea that Lăzărescu's ulcer surgery over a decade before could cause this pain. While taking the patient history, she suspects that Lăzărescu has colon cancer.
The film follows Lăzărescu's journey through the night, as he is carried from one hospital to the next. Meanwhile, Lăzărescu's condition deteriorates rapidly, his speech is reduced to babbling, and he slowly loses consciousness. During the night, his only advocate is Mioara, the paramedic who stubbornly stays by him and tries to get him hospitalized and treated, while passively accepting verbal abuse from the doctors who look down on her.
This movie is in direct connection with Unit 12, on account of the characters and the typologies reflected. On one hand, all the physicians Mr. Lăzărescu comes across have different traits, that put together, depict the portrait of how a doctor ought not be. On the other hand, in antithesis with the physicians, there is Mioara, the paramedic who stands by Mr. Lăzărescu’s side all night, trying her very best to help him. Mioara is the embodiment of devotion towards the pacient and kindness, as every person working in the medical field should be. This striking comparison, between the physicians and Mioara can only help future doctors understand the importance of empathy, patience and devotion, while realising just how despicable condescendence and arrogance can look like in a physician.
Label
The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu is a 2005 Romanian dak comedy film by director Cristi Puiu, starring Ion Fiscuteanu and Luminița Gheorghiu.
After its 2006 US release, The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu rose quickly to critical acclaim, receiving enthusiastic reviews. Rotten Tomatoes, which gathers reviews from a large number of professional film critics, gives the film a 93% 'fresh' rating. Moreover, in 2007 it appeared on more than 10 "Top Ten films of 2006" lists compiled by professional critics, reaching the first place in J. Hoberman’s list in the "Village Voice" and Sheri Linden's list in The Hollywood Reporter.