The hero is a retired army officer in the period of transition in Romania from the Communist rule to democracy. As many aged people during these times he loses a lot in position and ... See full summary »
American professor Robert Traum embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami the projectionist, the only person alive that can tell him anything about his ... See full summary »
Three films based on Three Conversations by Russian writer and philosopher Vladimir Solovyov.The actors' 'exercises' develop into a minimalistic trilogy on cinema and literature, social and spiritual life, acting in film and in real life.
While fully enjoying the life of the 70's, in communist Romania, a young man is arrested and accused of a terrible crime. Freed a few years later and deeply affected by his sinister ... See full summary »
At an old age, prince Andrei Morudzi retreats to his castle in Romania, during the two world wars, after having lead an eventful youth. There he is seen upon as a rare bird by the local ... See full summary »
The hero is a retired army officer in the period of transition in Romania from the Communist rule to democracy. As many aged people during these times he loses a lot in position and material situation and is too aged to adapt and start building something from zero. His last resort is the family, but his home and family is also slowly decomposing under the pressure of the times. His elder son dies in a stupid home accident (the film starts with his funeral), than his only other child, a daughter moves to America in the search of a better material life. His life seems to fall under the control of his in-law, a mercantile and much better adapted man, who slowly seems to deprive him not only of his children, but also of his pride and human dignity. The violent end is unexpected, although typical for the Pintilie's movies, but if you look back and reflect on what you've seen on screen, everything before was a logical building of the end. Written by
I wasn't prepared to see this movie, I switched the TV on, zapped around, and stopped, because the few seconds I looked at without knowing what's all about, where and when it plays were enough to fascinate. A slow, very calm camera, a half absurd, but totally natural conversation with actors being as real as real life is. First after the movie ended I found out what its name was, so I came to see if I find any information here. Well, it wasn't much.
In my opinion this movie deserves a 9 from an international viewer, but a clean 10 from somebody who knows Romania. Fantastic director (Lucian Pintilie is well known on the European cinematic scene), fantastic - despite its simplicity and linearity - script, professionally developing plot, great actors - and I really mean great, on best international level - and a very fine, sensible psychological and sociological study.
I am deeply moved and still - after many hours - enthusiastic. The movie deserves standing ovations.
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