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Niki and Flo (2003)

Niki Ardelean, colonel în rezerva (original title)
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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Rebengiuc ...
Niki Ardelean
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Florian (Flo) Tufaru
Coca Bloos ...
Poucha Ardelean
Mihaela Caracas ...
Doina Tufaru
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Eugen Tufaru
Dorina Chiriac ...
Angela Tufaru
Marius Galea ...
Mihai Ardelean
Andreea Bibiri ...
Irina Ardelean
Constantin Ghenescu ...
Irina's father
Aristita Diamandi ...
Irina's mother
Alexandru Bindea ...
Irina's brother
Raluca Penu ...
Irina's sister
Ion Chelaru
Ruxandra Sireteanu
Matei Alexandru
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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 AnonymousB

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Useless, infantile, shallow, boring...
19 July 2008 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

It's so sad that Romanian audiences are still populated with vulgar and uneducated individuals who relish this kind of cheap and demonstrative shows, as superficial and brutal as the "Garcea" series or the "Vacanta mare" child-plays... The difference is that Mugur Mihäescu, Doru Octavian Dumitru and other such sub-artisans never presume to claim their shows as "art". Pintilie, who 40 years ago made a very good movie ("Duminicä la ora sase") followed by another one, nice enough ("Reconstituirea"), tries to declare his film-lenghts "art works" - but, unfortunately, he masters at a way too limited level the specifically cinematographic means of expression. As such, "Niki Ardelean" offers again a sample of "HOW NOT" - this being about its only merit.


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