A wealthy Romanian theatrical designer (Luminita Gheorghiu), celebrating her birthday with a party at a swank hotel, earns her guests' applause with her abandoned dancing, but her brio is tested to its limits after her no-account son (Bogdan Dumitrache) kills a child in a speeding accident on the expressway. Screenwriter Razvan Radulescu (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
, Tuesday, After Christmas
) follows this serpentine character as she barges into her son's police interrogation, curries favor with the investigating officer, tries to persuade a witness to change his testimony, and coolly strategizes an offering to the dead boy's parents that will get her live one off the hook. A tour-de-force performance from Gheorghiu carries this 2013 drama along, but Radulescu provides the fine edge, noting how this lioness cloaks her selfish crusade in a plea for humanity. Calin Peter Netzer directed. In Romanian with subtitles.
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