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Requiem for Dominic (1990)

Requiem für Dominik (original title)
R | | Drama | 14 May 1993 (Portugal)
A drama between revolution and order, captured partly on film, partly on video adding to the gritty reality of the time, place and events as they unfolds in Eastern Europe as the "Iron Curtain" collapsed.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Georg Hoffmann-Ostenhof
Georg Metzenrad
Felix Mitterer
Werner Prinz
Antonia Rados
August Schmölzer
Viktoria Schubert
Angelica Schütz
Valentin Triponescu
Nikolas Vogel
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A drama between revolution and order, captured partly on film, partly on video adding to the gritty reality of the time, place and events as they unfolds in Eastern Europe as the "Iron Curtain" collapsed.

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Rated R for graphic views of massacred corpses. | See all certifications »
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a turbulent era, vividly depicted
29 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It may not have had much chance of finding an audience in a season of bubblegum blockbusters ('Terminator II' was released that same summer), but this small German docu-drama was, nevertheless, one of the more devastating films in quite some time. The story is simple: an expatriate Romanian returns home during the last, desperate days of Ceausescu's regime, only to find his childhood friend Dominic held captive in a local hospital after supposedly killing eighty people in a sniping attack. But what makes the film more than just a topical drama is the way director Robert Dornhelm seamlessly incorporates documentary video footage alongside his actors, adding a sense of urgency and immediacy rarely seen in movies these days. It's not always an easy film to watch ("the truth is not pretty", says the dying Dominic) and the political background can be a little confusing to anyone not familiar with the issues, but it's impossible not to become swept up in the terrible excitement of a revolution in progress; the experience can't be dismissed by saying it's only a movie.


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