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The next generation of Romanian filmmaking talent arrives with Paul Negoescu’s endearing caper comedy Two Lottery Tickets. A winsome and often riotous comedy of errors, Negoescu’s second feature, filmed in 2016 but only now arriving on these shores, provides a pleasurable shock to those who know Romanian cinema only for its profound character studies filmed at a “leisurely” pace.
Here, irresponsible carpenter Sile (Dragoș Bucur), who spends most afternoons gambling at a bar, buying lottery tickets and racking up debts, convinces his drinking buddy Dinel (Dorian Boguță) to borrow money from the local conspiracy theorist to play the lottery; Dinel believes that if he wins big enough, he can also win back the wife who abandoned him for an Italian. Needless to say, complications begin to mount exponentially.
Dryly witty in a manner that suggests Finland’s legendary Aki Kaurismäki (Leningrad Cowboys Go America), Two Lottery Tickets is a breezy, hilarious, much-needed reminder of the essentials for good comedy in any culture: smart performances, impeccably timed direction, and an irresistibly unpredictable yarn. In Romanian with English subtitles. (86 minutes)
“A scrappy, at times uproarious Romanian comedy… A masterfully crafted crowd-pleaser!” – Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
“Critic’s Pick! Breezy, fresh, and endearing… This Romanian comedy takes an unpromising premise and turns it into a humble and humorous journey.” – Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, The New York Times
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