Review: ‘Two Lottery Tickets’ wins big.

TWO LOTTERY TICKETS

After two petty criminals jack his fanny-pack and the winning ticket, the three guys spend what little money they have tracking down the thieves. Although all three guys are easy marks with zero talent for sleuthing, their wild goose chase around Dinel’s apartment complex precedes a road trip to Bucharest, where the two thugs might be about to cash in on the €6 million jackpot.

Romania’s hit film Two Lottery Tickets is the most enjoyable buffoonery you can think of. In his second feature, writer/director Paul Negoescu takes a story from writer Ion Luca Caragiale and sends us on a €6 million fool’s errand. Local pushover Dinel’s wife fled to Italy with her boss two years ago. He is depressed and going broke trying to raise enough money to bring her back home. Drinking buddy Sile, a womanizing gambler, convinces him to spend his last few euros on a lotto ticket. Against all logic, Dinel’s idiotic chosen numbers end up being the winner. After two thugs steal his bum bag with the ticket inside, Dinel, Sile, and local conspiracy theorist Pompiliu must follow the clues by annoying neighbors, evading the police, and generally being ridiculous. It’s the sincerity of these three men simply being themselves that makes Two Lottery Tickets both loveable and hilarious. Actors Dorian Boguță, Dragoș Bucur, and Alexandru Papadopol all deliver lines in a way that makes you smirk and cringe. This is a film that has such comic ease to it. Once in a while, you come across a film that is like a cinematic hygge (because that’s a thing I just made up but you totally know what I mean, so whatever). Two Lottery Tickets has all the makings of that film you want to tell your friends about. Negoescu and cast have given viewers such relatable characters. In fact, if you watch it in a group setting, someone in the room is probably a Dinel, a Sile, or a Pompiliu. It is truly that delightful.

TWO LOTTERY TICKETS opens in U.S. theatres and virtual cinemas on Friday, May 21st, 2021. Check out the trailer below.

TWO LOTTERY TICKETS is written and directed by Paul Negoescu and stars Dorian Boguță, Dragoș Bucur, and Alexandru Papadopol.
Color
Romanian Language with English Subtitles
86 minutes
Not Rated

Trailer of the Day: Everyday life in the Romanian drama ‘So Bright Is the View’

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The Debut of Filmmaking BrothersMichaël and Joël Florescu, this Official Selection of the 36th Moscow International Film Festival Will Be Released to DVD And all Leading Digital Platforms

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An Official Selection of the 36th Moscow International Film Festival, SO BRIGHT IS THE VIEW is a Romanian drama, the feature-length debut of filmmaking brothers Michaël and Joël Florescu.  The film follows Estera (Bianca Valea), a middle class Jewish girl in modern-day Bucharest, who’s at a crossroads, forced to choose between pursuing a job in Atlanta working for a nouveau riche business thug, or joining her mother in Israel.  With her father in prison for unspecified crimes and her mother about to be evicted, the pregnant Estera — trying hard to work out some sort of future with her boyfriend, Vlad (Robi Ers) – has only one hope: a “friend-interview” with Mike (Ovidiu Niculescu), a Romanian-American businessman, who may or may not have a job offer. “The Florescu brothers have the ability to present the drama of everyday life”, said David Walsh, Arts Editor of the World Socialist Web Site.

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