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Bed of Procust

"Bed of Procust," is a Moldavian adaptation of a famous Romanian novel by Camil Petrescu, 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, tragic love affairs, the film is visually lush and for the most part engrossing.

“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.

Bed of Procust

Moldavia

  • Production: A Flux Film Studio-Looper Reed and Partners production. (International sales: European Financial Holding/Looper Reed and Partners, Chisinau, Moldavia.) Produced by Sergiu Prodan. Executive producers, David Brodsky, Ruslan Uskov. Directed, written by Viorica Mesina, Sergiu Prodan, based on the novel by Camil Petrescu.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Sergei Akopov; editor, Prodan; music, Eugeniu Doga; production designer, Vlad Travinski; costume designers, Andreea Hasnas, Niculina Vasile. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 15, 2002. Romanian dialogue. Running time: 118 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Oleg Yankovsky, Petru Vutcarau, Maia Morgenstern, Tania Popa, Adriana Trandafir, George Dinica, Silviu Stanculescu.
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