Radu Muntean • Romania • 2010 • A beautifully calibrated, scorchingly intense drama of infidelity.
Paul and Adriana have been married for ten years. They have a comfortable, middle-class life, a happy family. Only Paul has been carrying out an affair with their daughter’s dentist for several months. Caught between his dedication to his family and the excitement of something new, Paul is suspended between two worlds which, inevitably, will prove to be incompatible.
Shot in long, static framings that burrow into every crevice of the characters’ quotidian lives, Tuesday, After Christmas masterfully charts the understated effects of emotional turmoil that result from an affair. Radu Muntean’s fourth film premiered at Cannes; Mar del Plata, where it won Best Actress; Sarasota, where it won a Jury Prize; and Gijón, where it won Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Film. Tuesday, After Christmas is a New York Times Critic’s Pick.