The action follows the ship "Speranta" (Hope) in it's journey half way around the world, with incredible adventures of her crew-members struggling to get through to their destination. On ... See full summary »
A Romanian peasant is visiting his friend Gogu who works at a hotel on the Black Sea Riviera.At the same hotel the rich American businessman,Mr.Juvett, with many mob enemies on his tail,is mistaken for the peasant Nea Marin,due to their perfect resemblance.The American mob has a contract on Mr. Juvett's life and hit-men have followed him to Romania.Unfortunatelly for Nea Marin he is thrown into Mr. Juvett's world and vice-versa,with hilarious consequences. Written by
maybe, the best Romanian comedy. because it is a smart game with clichés. because it used an admirable cast. and, not the last, because it reflects the ambition of Sergiu Nicolaescu to explore each genre with the right tools, tone and perseverance. the story is so simple than it becomes more and more complex. Amza Pellea has the opportunity to use his well known character from a series of sketches in a film where U.S. dollars, a fake Colombo and two briefcases and theirs owners are mixed with images from Romanian shore and classic gags. it is not easy to explain its success today. in the Comunist Romania was one of the alternatives to the propaganda message and the confusion between a rich American and a Romanian peasant has many nice significance. today, it could be one of the symptoms of nostalgia for a stable society. or for the ideal past of small things and an all powerful party who defines the rules and could be bantered. but "Nea Mărin , miliardar" is more than a slice from "Golden Age". it remains a pure delight.
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