Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Death of Mr Lazarescu (Moartea domnului Lazarescu)

Romania 2005

Details IMDB

Seen 9 May 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 7.9/10

Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. That is the beginning of a long night.

My ratings 8.0/10

My impressions:

The main character has his own ideas on what is making him sick. From the moment he calls the ambulance, the nightmare of being alone and sick fills the screen. The neighbours might be helpful but up to a certain extent. The emergency services try their best to send him to get the proper care that he needs, but there are obstacles along the way.

Is the health care system responsible
For the state of affairs
For the well being of each citizen

Doctors, nurses, paramedics are underpaid, overworked
A common occurrence in most places
They try their best
That is what they are trained to do
But do patients have a responsibility too

Taking care of their health as far as possible
So as to lessen the burden on the system

A vicious cycle

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