“Bed of Procust,” possibly the first Moldavian production ever screened at an international festival, is an adaptation of a famous Romanian novel by Camil Petrescu (1892-1957), and is a lavishly produced, though at times a little too enigmatic, romantic drama set in 1926. Centering on a world of rich, idle characters and dealing with hopeless love affairs which lead to tragedy, the film, the first feature by the husband-and-wife team, is visually lush and for the most part engrossing.
Ladima (played by Russian actor Oleg Yankovsky and poorly dubbed into Romanian) commits suicide in the opening sequence. Later his friend, Fred Vasilescu (Andy Garcia look-alike Petru Vutcarau), while spending an afternoon in bed with his voluptuous actress-mistress, Emilia (Tania Popa), discovers that Ladima had been in love with her also and wrote her numerous letters. Flashbacks reveal the relationship between the two men and a mysterious woman (Maia Morgenstern), another link between them. Although a surprise at the end is hard to reconcile with what’s gone before, the film is elegantly produced and acted with precision. Title (unexplained in the film) refers to a figure from Greek mythology.