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Romance & Cigarettes (2005)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  2006 (Spain)
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A down-and-dirty musical set in the world of working-class New York, tells a story of a husband's journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife.

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Down-and-dirty musical love story set in the world of the working class. Nick is an ironworker who builds and repairs bridges. He's married to Kitty, a dressmaker, a strong and gentle woman with whom he has three daughters. He is carrying on a torrid affair with a redheaded woman named Tula. Nick is basically a good, hardworking man driven forward by will and blinded by his urges. Like Oedipus at Colonus, he is sent into exile and searches to find his way back through the damage he has done. Explores the cost and value of a relationship through life and death. When the characters can no longer express themselves with language, they break into song, lip-synching the tunes lodged in their subconscious. It is their way to escape the harsh reality of their world - to dream, to remember, and to connect to another human being. Written by Anonymous

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A Savage Musical


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Rated R for sexual content including some strong dialogue, and language | See all certifications »

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Apisties kai tsigara  »

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$11,630 (USA) (5 October 2007)

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$540,085 (USA) (11 January 2008)
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James Gandolfini is only a year older than Aida Turturro, who plays his daughter in the film. Also, his other daughter is played by Mary-Louise Parker, who is in fact merely three years younger than him. See more »

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When Roe and the Greek Man are walking past Bo and Kitty in the Diner, the sound of the Greek man smacking Roe's bottom is sharply heard, yet we can clearly see his hand on Roe's waist the entire time. See more »

Quotes

Baby: You're the best kisser in the whole wide world, Fryburg.
Fryburg: I'm gonna make out with your whole family, baby.
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References Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) See more »

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It Must Be Him
Written by Maurice Vidalin, Gilbert Bécaud and Mack David
Used by permission of BMG Songs, Inc. o/b/o Editions Rideau Rougue/BMG Music Publishing France (administered by BMG Songs,
Inc.) (ASCAP)
Performed by Vikki Carr
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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21st century cinema at it's best. Entertaining and original.
9 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A film truly worthy of the Coen brothers. If you like their films, you'll love this one. It was not surprising to see that they were the producers. John Turturro's original script and direction make this a very fresh and enjoyable experience. The actors must have enjoyed making the film as this comes across very strongly.

The choice of backdrop - New York suburbs and anonymous looking workers' housing - only serves only to emphasise the colourfulness of each of the characters. Like Robert Altman's films, the banal is turned into the extraordinary using popular music and quite original camera work. Personally, I don't see this film as a "musical" in the sense that the music is not used to tell the story but rather as mood pieces for various scenes.

This is one of the few films that I will invest in the DVD as soon as it is out.


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