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Summary: Paul Hanganu loves two women. Adriana his wife and the mother of their daughter, the woman with whom he's shared the thrills of the past ten years, and Raluca the woman who has made him redefine himself. He has to leave one of them before Christmas. (imdb)
Muntean's achingly restrained film illustrates the beauty of marriage by helping the audience to feel real loss when a marriage fails. Using lengthy shots filled with subtext, the film builds tension as the philandering husband nears, and eventually makes, his fateful decision. The key scene is an 11+ minute shot chronicling the aftermath of his choice, along with a wonderfully complex, expertly-acted, and heartbreaking final sequence.
Initially, I had the impression this is going to be another minor, low-key approach to the oft-told story of infidelity and the dissolution of marriage. Well it is indeed low-key but definitely not minor. We get long continuous shots ripe with tension and perceptive, nonjudgmental observations even amid the most banal of conversations. The revelation scene feels astonishingly real and the ending so achingly human. Highly recommended.