MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 33,967 this week

Children Underground (2001)

8.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 1,651 users   Metascore: 85/100
Reviews: 19 user | 16 critic | 7 from Metacritic.com

A profile of homeless Romanian children who were born victims of the nation's reckless population growth policy during its communist era.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 30 Dec 2010
 
a list of 33 titles
created 22 May 2013
 
list image
a list of 47 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Children Underground (2001)

Children Underground (2001) on IMDb 8.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Children Underground.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
Stars: Kochi, Avijit Halder, Shanti Das
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Documentary following Susan Tom of Fairfield, California and her 11 adopted special needs children.

Director: Jonathan Karsh
Stars: Susan Tom, Anthony Tom, Faith Tom
Dark Days (2000)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.

Director: Marc Singer
Stars: Marc Singer
Promises (2001)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers ... See full summary »

Directors: Carlos Bolado, B.Z. Goldberg, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Moishe Bar Am, B.Z. Goldberg, Shlomo Green
Until When (2004)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Set during the current Intifada, this documentary follows four Palestinian families living in Dheisheh Refugee Camp near Bethlehem. Fadi is 13 and cares for his 4 younger brothers, the ... See full summary »

Director: Dahna Abourahme
Redlight (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A powerful feature documentary about child sexploitation, an epidemic happening in every country around the world. Filmed over a four year period, REDLIGHT focuses on the personal stories ... See full summary »

Directors: Adi Ezroni, Guy Jacobson, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Somaly Mam, Reena, Sokha
War Dance (2007)
Documentary | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Three children living in a displacement camp in northern Uganda compete in their country's national music and dance festival.

Directors: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix
Stars: Dominic, Nancy, Rose
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.

Directors: Sam Green, Bill Siegel
Stars: Lili Taylor, Pamela Z, Jim Lange
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

This documentary follows a Mississippi Delta school district and a single Delta family as they struggle against the crippling effects of poverty in the wake of more than one hundred years of slavery.

Directors: Deborah Dickson, Susan Froemke, and 1 more credit »
Stars: LaLee Wallace, Reggie Barnes
The Recruiter (2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Uncle Sam really wants you! A compelling exploration of army recruitment in the United States told through the story of Louisiana Sergeant, First Class Clay Usie, one of the most successful recruiters in the history of the U.S. Army.

Director: Edet Belzberg
Stars: Bobby Barrios, Chris Daigle, Matthew Marks
Gymnast (2005)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Edet Belzberg
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cristina Ionescu ...
Herself
Mihai Alexandre Tudose ...
Himself
Violeta 'Macarena' Rosu ...
Herself
Ana Turturica ...
Herself
Marian Turturica ...
Himself
Alexandru Beschina ...
Himself
Florin Ionut Calciu ...
Himself
Adrian Chiru ...
Himself
Romulus Cristescu ...
Himself
Ilie Fonfonile ...
Himself
Doru Grigore ...
Herself
Anca Hotnog ...
Herself
Claudia Luca ...
Herself
Angela Preda ...
Herself
Adrian Susanu ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

One of the most astonishing and engaging cinematic works of the past decade, CHILDREN UNDERGROUND is a profoundly intimate and heart-wrenching drama about homeless children struggling for survival on the streets and in the subways of Bucharest, Romania. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 October 2003 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Asphaltkinder in Bukarest  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A stand-out in a crowded genre.
21 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very powerful documentary of the lives of children in Romania in the late 1990's living in a subway station. By careful filming and concentrating on five children ranging in age from 8 to 15, and by using mostly their own words and interactions, the stark realities of their survival are allowed to show themselves rather than being extracted by force. The follow-up material at the end of the film as well as in the supplements on the DVD are as significant for the effect on the viewer as the body of the documentary. Although the home conditions from which these young people fled are repugnant to our sensibilities, it's clear there is more to their endurance of street life than that. When one boy is asked what he likes best about living in the streets, he thinks a moment and then shouts, "I get to live FREE!" and does a little dance to illustrate. How sad that children should have to sacrifice such basic amenities as health care and education to get a little control over their own lives. In an interview, the film-maker confesses that the most difficult task of all was not intervening as these small people were beaten and insulted, and as they remained perpetually intoxicated on volatile solvents. I agree with the choice. Intervention in the immediate term would not have altered the course of any of their lives, and the impact of the film would have been destroyed. I hope that BOTH lessons here are not lost on the audience -- not only what privations follow a society's collapse, but also what children and ALL humans are willing to suffer in order to gain some personal autonomy.


21 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
About the Filmmaker not intervening when Children were beat.. Vjcat
Anyone else found it disturbing when Mihai was cutting himself? albertogfive
Where are they now? Alice_N_Chains
Ana... kendrataylor
Bucharest 2008 daniel-981
I am very curious..... remybattery
Discuss Children Underground (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page