Children Underground (2001)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 1,839 users   Metascore: 85/100
Reviews: 20 user | 12 critic | 7 from

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


0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Streetwise (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Gritty documentary looks at the life and lives of teenagers living on the streets of Seattle.

Director: Martin Bell
Stars: Roberta Joseph Hayes, Baby Gramps, Erin Blackwell
Dark Days (2000)
    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
    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
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Unblinking and unsettling, this documentary lays bare a mysterious process that goes on all around us - what happens to people who die with no next of kin.

Directors: Grover Babcock, Blue Hadaegh
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Amish teenagers experience and embrace the modern world as a rite-of-passage before deciding which life they will choose.

Director: Lucy Walker
Stars: Velda Bontrager, Mark Bontrager, Dewayne Chupp
Crime | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Stars: Ann Finnell, Patrick McGuinness, James Williams
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

If you could make your deaf child hear, would you? Academy Award-nominated Sound and Fury follows the intimate, heart-rending tale of the Artinians, an extended family with deaf and hearing... See full summary »

Director: Josh Aronson
Stars: Jaime Leigh Allen, Jemma Braham, Freeda Cat
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Documentary about a multiple murder in rural Nebraska in 1993.

Directors: Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir
Stars: Daphne, Reanna, Gina
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A documentary about two gay men as they live through their last months of life with AIDS.

Directors: Peter Friedman, Tom Joslin
Stars: Liane Bonin, Tom Joslin, Mark Massi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The accident made national headlines: a suburban mother drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway in upstate New York and crashed head-on into an SUV, killing herself and seven others. In ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus
Stars: Jesse Temple, Brad Katinas, Diane Schuler
Short | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

AIDS, drug abuse, police brutality, and other social ills in post-Soviet Russia.

Directors: Andrzej Celinski, Hanna Polak
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Boy Interrupted looks at the life of Evan Perry a 15-year-old boy from New York who committed suicide in 2005. The film made by his parents Dana and Hart examines how Evan's bipolar ... See full summary »

Director: Dana Heinz Perry
Stars: Evan Scott Perry, Dana Heinz Perry, Hart Perry


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

5 October 2003 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Asphaltkinder in Bukarest  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

deeply disturbing but fascinating
13 February 2002 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

I was curious to see this film having spent time in Bucharest several years ago. I never ventured onto the subway but did have occasion to go into the underground....which is necessary in many European cities since the streets are often quite wide and difficult to cross. This is particularly true in Bucharest where everything that the former dictator built-- the buildings, the roads, etc. all appear to be on steroids. Add to this the fact that so many of the nominated documentaries (and foreign films) are never properly distributed here --even in NYC..In any event, this is a very disturbing film; at times difficult to watch and as I recall the film makers received considerable criticism on their decision not to "interfere" with what was taking place --to allow the physical and mental abuse of the children by the older "leaders of the pack" and by the parents who also appear in the film as well as the lethal consumption of lead paint taken by the children to get them high and that clearly was contributing to their deteriation. It was stark, disturbing, very difficult to watch but incredible filmmaking , nonetheless.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anyone else found it disturbing when Mihai was cutting himself? albertogfive
About the Filmmaker not intervening when Children were beat.. Vjcat
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