... you can learn from:
Romeo: Eliza, you have to do your best. It'd be a pity to miss this chance. Some important steps in life depend on small things. And some chances shouldn't be wasted. You know, in '91, your Mum and I decided to move back. It was a bad decision. We thought things would change, we thought we'd move mountains. We didn't move anything. I have no regrets, though. At least we tried...
A happy 55th birthday to Romanian director Cristian Mungiu today! You have hopefully at least seen Graduation and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days out of his movies by now, yes? If not seek them out -- he's one of the masters at work today. His latest film R.M.N. is coincidentally opening in theaters tomorrow, and it's another great big wow. Telling the story of a rural village that goes off the racist deep end when the local factory hires some foreign workers, it feels like a terrifying summation of our historical moment and the signs we're ignoring as we march toward doom. Fun stuff, in other words! No seriously, you should see it -- like all his movies it might not be easy, but it's essential. Here's the trailer:
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