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California Dreamin' (2007)
"California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit)" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | War  -  23 January 2009 (USA)
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A railway chief delays a NATO train transporting military equipment during the war in Kosovo in 1999.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Captain Doug Jones - the American military officer in command
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Sergeant David McLaren - the second in command, attracted to Monica
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Doiaru - the station master
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Monica - the station master's daughter, who dreams of a better life
Alexandru Margineanu ...
Andrei - a villager in love with Monica (as Alex Margineanu)
Ion Sapdaru ...
The Mayor
Alexandru Dragoi ...
Rodriguez
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Soldier Marian (as Andrei Vasluianu)
Sabina Branduse ...
Despina
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The trade union chief , Andrei's father
Gabriel Radu ...
Stelica
Constantin Dita ...
Paul - the mayor's son, a womanizer
Eduard Dumitru ...
Mitroi
Alexandru Georgescu ...
Corporal Tanase
Cristi Olesher ...
Young Doiaru
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In 1999, during the Kosovo War,a train carrying NATO equipment, escorted by American Marines with Captain Doug Jones in command, is held back in Capalnita, a Romanian godforsaken village, by Doiaru, the station master, who blocks the train over a paperwork technicality. For five days the villagers try to take advantage of the Americans' unexpected presence. The mayor, for instance, organizes a celebration in their honor. On the other hand, sergeant David McLaren, Jones's second in command, falls in love with Monica, the crafty's station master's daughter, who dreams of a better world... And what about the Marines' initial mission? Written by Guy Bellinger

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$1,600,000 (estimated)
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When Captain Jones is talking to Doiaru in his office, the clock behind Doiaru goes from 4:15 to 4:12 and back to 4:15 in the matter of a few seconds. See more »

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A certain masterpiece
5 July 2007 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

All of us, when tired, look for an easy and full of fun or action movie in a Hollywood style. However, once in a while, sooner rather than later, is not bad watching a movie that makes us use a little our brain in conjunction with our emotions. California Dreamin' is such a movie. First of all, you must take into account that this movie was not post-processed almost at all due to the tragically death of its director. It is useless to think how it would have been looked if it was finished by Nemescu. We have to look at it as it is. Even like this, movie was brilliantly directed making me remember of Antonioni's Blow-Out. Lots of people would not like it because it shows too much poverty or does not show all aspects of Balkan's life or just because is not a Hollywood movie. Let's be straight, no movie gives you a panorama about a region's life, for this you should watch News or read magazines. Movies give you a vision built by a group of people starting with the screenwriter and ending with its director. You may agree with it or not but this is not important. Important is if after a while it makes you think and if it does the movie was not useless. Others didn't like the movie being ambiguous but they forget that this is an art movie which is not giving you solutions, but based on presented facts you have to find the answers by yourself and no wonder if each person will find different conclusions because after all we are different from each other. Or this is the greatest merit of this movie: makes you think about a lot of things among which why life is so hard when can be easier. Obviously this movie was a hard option for Nemescu but eventually because of this option it is his postmortem triumph. In the end, this movie is not an image of Balkans but an image which can be applied to 80% of this world. The feelings and emotions included in it can be applied to 100% of this world. It is tragic Nemescu died after his first movie, but it is fortunate he left as legacy such a movie rather than a regular "big hit".


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