I'm an Old Communist Hag

Luminita Gheorghiu, a chameleonic actress who’s appeared in many key films of the Romanian New Wave, stars as an engineer who held a prominent factory position in the communist 1970s; retired now but still nostalgic for the Ceausescu era, she experiences culture shock when her grown daughter brings home a materialistic American husband. This dry comedy of manners might be seen as a companion piece to Child’s Pose (2013), another Romanian feature about intergenerational strife that also starred Gheorghiu. Her character here is gentler and more sympathetic, and the overall tone is milder, yet the film’s subtext is no less cynical—a key observation is that the mother had better job security than her daughter does in the U.S. Stere Gulea directed. In English and subtitled Romanian.