Two reasonably young girls want to leave their home town and go to work abroad. However, their dreams are quickly shattered by the cold truth of reality and they find out that every dream must have its cost.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mara Nicolescu ...
Jeni
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Lenuta
Costel Cascaval ...
Gigel
Vlad Zamfirescu ...
Giovanni
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Fane
Valentin Popescu ...
Girls' father
Constantin Draganescu ...
Nea Chitu
Valentin Teodosiu ...
Police officer
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Monk
Viorica Geanta Chelbea ...
Mother Superior
Victoria Cocias ...
Girls' aunt
Alexandru Gheorghiu ...
Vasile
Catalin Neamtu ...
Bingo
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Bruzli
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Barosanu
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Two reasonably young girls want to leave their home town and go to work abroad. However, their dreams are quickly shattered by the cold truth of reality and they find out that every dream must have its cost.

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Excellent- Old-fashioned storytelling from a country in transition.
26 January 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Set in today's rural Romania, a culture that seems to resist change despite the provocations of recent history, 'The Italian Girls' tells the tale of 2 young women who decide they will find a better life picking strawberries in Spain.

This is a wonderful social comedy. 'The Italian Girls' is a touching film that avoids sentimentality and a political film that avoids extremism or earnestness. The writer/director, Napoleon Helmis has a light touch and a gift for dialogue. The cast create a world that is both real and comic, held together by Mara Nicolescu's (Jeni) spirited central performance.

I laughed and I cried during the film and when I left the cinema I was moved enough to look it up on IMDb and write a review about it! A new cinema with old values seems to be emerging out of Romania, and Napoleon Helmis is definitely one to watch.


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