The Romania of director Cristian Mungiu’s terse, difficult Graduation is one weighed down by endemic corruption, systemic unfairness and economic defeat. Romeo (Adrian Titieni) dreams of a better life for his daughter, Eliza (Maria-Victoria Dragus), who has been awarded a life-changing scholarship to Cambridge University. But after she’s sexually assaulted outside school, the outcome of her crucial final exams are thrown into jeopardy. Romeo rushes to Eliza’s aid in the aftermath, but his immediate concern is with Eliza’s exam results.
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