The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Synopsis: Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him to another hospital and then yet another... As the night unfolds and they can't find a hospital for Mr. Lazarescu, his health starts to deteriorate fast.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Cristi Puiu
Production: Tartan Films
  29 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
153 min


Come to dinner.

Come on, Mirandolina, eat that.

You don't like it?

Go on, eat...

That's all I have.

So missy, I've got a headache.

For about 4 days now

I have a headache and I throw up

but I don't think it's from the stomach.


Aspirin, algocalmin,

extraveral and distonocalm.

No, I can't really, I've just

told you I've got a headache.

Well, yeah, I drink,

like any other man.

I had a little drink today, too...

Not quite so, missy,

it's not like I'd drink any crap.

Going on 63...

Yeah, 2nd floor, flat 17.

Lazarescu Dante Remus.

Yes, I'm home.

Thank you and I wish you good night.

In the sea

there are but predatory fish.

You can use polenta for small fish.

Here the big fish eats the small one.

They're all on meat,

polenta doesn't really work in the sea.

It is the wrong kind of bait.

"Well", he said,

"I'm here for the salty air".

The air works ok but if you don't

catch anything, know what I mean.

If you don't get votes...

We didn't get any clear message.

Once again, no message.

Cause, look,

Ciuhandu an honorable character,

flawless speech, serious.

You'd expect him to rally

the people from Timisoara

and get at least 90% of the votes.

Timisoara turned out rather poor.

Hello, missy, it's me again.

Hello, yes, the Ambulance.

It's me again, Lazarescu.

Then tell the colleague I spoke with

I had ulcer surgery 14 years ago

and I also have leg ulcer

but no big deal.

I've been thinking this headache

might be from the stomach.

I've been thinking this headache

might be from the stomach.


Fetesti 2.

Ok, I got that.

I don't think it's serious but

I rather get a specialist's opinion.

Thank you

and I'll be waiting for you.

My surgery is hurting, cat face.

You don't care, you bloody animal.


How you're doing Nusu?

And you, the little one.

Where have you been wandering all day?

You dogcat,

sit here nicely dogcat.

Go to f*ck.

Just fucking close.

Where are you going kitten?

Madam de Pompadour.



Hello, is this

the Muscalu residence? Virgil?

Hi Virgil, how you're doing?

Is Eva there?

Hold on man, I haven't forgotten.

Why do you think I've called?

You, my sister, whatever.

Hello, Virgil, Virgil.

I've sent the money by post today

and you gonna get it tomorrow.

Right, then next time I'll get

my pension I'll just send it all to you.

That's better, isn't it?

So, say,

can you put Eva on the phone?

Well I said I'll send it by 1st,

and I did.

Now can I speak with Eva?


I'll wait, of course,

I'm not gonna run.

Hey sis, how are you?

That's just what I wanted

to talk with you about.

Why didn't you tell me

you spoke with Bianca?

Sure, you told me after I asked you.

You know very well I'm right.

If she only calls you...

I know damn well

that she calls you more often.

Listen, I don't feel that well

with my ulcer.

What's with you all,

talking about this drinking?

You don't get ulcer from alcohol.

I'm sorry, but I drink

at my own expense.

Do you hear me Eva,

I drink at my own expense.

You get ulcer from helico bacteria.

Well, see,

you're learning new things.

No Eva, I have no idea.

I have this surgery for 14 years and

I haven't got a clue. Luckily you do.

Good thing you, intellectuals,

know better than the doctors.

Yeah, alright. But I'm asking you

nicely to stop lecturing me.

Do you hear me Eva?

Stop lecturing and nagging me.

No, you wouldn't like it either.

I don't know.

I don't know, but maybe

you don't want to speak with me anymore.

I noticed that only Virgil

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Cristi Puiu

Cristi Puiu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈkristi ˈpuju]; born 3 April 1967) is a Romanian film director and screenwriter. With Anca Puiu and Alex Munteanu, in 2004 he founded a cinema production company, naming it Mandragora. After returning to Romania, Puiu started writing and directing his first films. more…

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