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


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


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

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16 August 2004 | by (A Region Free World) – See all my reviews

Whenever people ask me for some recommendations, I always bring this one up. I’ve seen many depressing films in my life, but this has to be one of the worst. It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to be one of those children living as they do. The paint sniffing, the lack of food and the fighting at their age is just sad. I found myself forgetting the ages of these children, but after finishing the film the pictures of some of the children have yet to leave my head months later. There are films like KIDS or Pixote that do their best in trying to portray a day in the life of a youth in their environment. This film is a step inside their lives, as even upon a child being gang beat, the camera did not interfere. The image of the child being beaten by a group of other children is vivid in my head today, and should be. This film was meant to over the eyes of people, and I guarantee it will to anyone who gives it a chance too.

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