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.