Tales from the Golden Age

Synopsis: Several urban legends of Communist Romania are dramatized.
Genre: Comedy, History
Production: IFC Films
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
155 min



Urban legends from the Ceausescu era,

also called "The Golden Age",

in communist propaganda.


I see.

We do, Comrade Secretary,

we have flags and flowers...

We've got in some nice cows too.

Well, better to have too much

than too little.

We got what we could together.

Pigeons? No...

We have pigeons that fly,

but not trained ones.

We'll figure something out.

You're making an inspection today?

We'll sort it out by six.

Yes, sir!

Comrade Mayor is on duty.

I'll tell him... Sir!

Mihaita, keep an eye on the phone.

- Gogu!

- What is it?

- We'll need some pigeons.

- Pigeons? Right.


Comrade Sandy is making

an inspection today.

- Oh, dear!

- We'll need them by 2 pm.

How many?

Don't know.

See what you can find.

- Where's Comrade Mayor?

- He was at home.

Hey, listen up!

I'll be gone half an hour,

but I'm watching you.

Everything has to be ready

when I get back. Got it?

You! Come with me!

Listen, where's Florica?

Pa! Come out a minute!

What is it?

Oh, hello!

Florica, we need pigeons

by two o'clock.

Isn't the motorcade passing tomorrow?

Yes, but the general

inspection is today.

I don't have any pigeons.

You had some last year.

They were my brother-in-law's

and he ate them.

Where does he live?

At Viziresti.

Wait a second...

- When do you start the carousel?

- Tomorrow.

Any chance tonight?

If the Comrade Policeman

gives us petrol.

I could've given you some last night

but you didn't show up.

Parrots are no good.

Come on!

Hurry up, Victor! The motorcade will

be here by the time you're done!

Fix up those holes!

Get a move on!

We have an inspection this afternoon!

Hello, Dinca!

Clean up that cow sh*t!


Blue goes next to the pole!

Put the blue end at the pole!

What are you staring at?

You've nothing to do?

Where's your flag?

Unfurl it all the way!

All the way! That's it!

What I wish for you, dear.

Sweet Romania, my glorious

country, my beloved land:

Wish you a strong hand,

A powerful weapon, and...

UP to Your past...

Out of your past...

Out of your great past...

As great a future, at last!

Well done, Vasilica! Go.

- Comrade Mayor...

- What?

Nothing. Why are you so jumpy?


this visit has me so worried!

Relax! It'll all be fine!

- Did you call at Pucheni?

- Yes.

They were told the motorcade

isn't stopping in the villages,

but to be ready just in case

The county office called.

There'll be an inspection

along the route.

A rehearsal. Don't get nervous,

or else I'll get nervous too.

- Did you take your tablets?

- I haven't had time.

Take them now!

Oh, Gheorghita, I wish it were all over.

Relax, it'll be fine. You'll see!

I understand.

I understand.

We put up flags...

That's all we had...

I understand. Good day, sir!

I spoke with Bulbucata

and we must have red party flags.

I've asked them to send us some.

At Adancatele, they asked why

nothing was hanging from the trees.

Let's hang some fruit from the trees

so they're not bare.

It'll look ridiculous.

We'll make a stand with fruits

and vegetables, like Harvest Day.

Shall we make sarmale with

cabbage leaves or vine leaves?

Both! Stop asking me questions!

At Branesti, they wanted slogans,

but not at Bulbucata.

They say one thing, then another.


With the inspection, they haven't

had time to eat or drink.

He'll be starving when he gets here.


We'll give him some of our wine

to perk him up!

You think he'll stay for lunch?

I suppose. We're the last village.

No pigeons,

but we have these Cornish hens.

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Cristian Mungiu

Cristian Mungiu (Romanian: [kristiˈan munˈd͡ʒi.u]; born 27 April 1968) is a Romanian filmmaker, winner of the Palme d'Or in 2007. more…

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