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Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World

An overworked and underpaid production assistant drives around Bucharest to shoot the casting for a workplace safety video commissioned by a multinational company. 

Year: 2023 
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 18 Cert – Not suitable for under 18s 
Subtitles: It is expected that this film is fully subtitled. 
Directed by Radu Jude 
Starring: Ilinca Manolache, Ovidiu Pîrșan, Nina Hoss  
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Expect a lot from this film. Although, where to begin with setting up your expectations is a tricky one. This one is a hard sell, it’s long and it’s weird and it’s experimental; not exactly the high-concept ‘shark terrorises people on beach’ that usually grips moviegoers. If one thing is going to convince you to see this, it’s that the film is absolutely hilarious: a satire of modern life, featuring ironic TikToks, cut-up footage from a 1980s arthouse Romanian film, a cameo from notorious critically hated German filmmaker Uwe Boll, a lot of road rage, and the production of an absurd work-safety video… but also many more ridiculous episodes. Give it a try – when we saw it, our outgoing president fell asleep, but our treasurer spent ten minutes after the film ended laughing so hysterically that a random audience member fell into hysterics with him. I’m not sure what that tells you, but I did love this film and, if you can brave it, I’m sure many of you will too.

Daniel Kallin

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Screenings of this film:

2023/2024 Summer Term (digital)