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Dr. Doom


In the pitch-black comedy The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, a 62-year-old man spends an entire night being shuttled from one Romanian hospital to another. After experiencing stomach and head pains — exacerbated by all the alcohol he consumes — the titular character calls for an ambulance. Hours later, it finally arrives, but not before he vomits blood, falls in his bathtub, and picks a fight with his brother-in-law over the phone. The rest of the film (which runs more than two and a half hours) chronicles his stops at three different hospitals, where he and the ambulance crew are met by argumentative, arrogant, and indifferent doctors. The universal message: Health care sucks, no matter where you live.
Fri., June 23, 9 p.m.; Sat., June 24, 7 p.m.

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