MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 10,107 this week

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

 |  Comedy, Drama, War  |  23 January 2009 (USA)
7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 6,644 users  
Reviews: 29 user | 55 critic

A railway chief delays a NATO train transporting military equipment during the war in Kosovo in 1999.

Director:

Writers:

(additional dialogue), , 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

"Hand of God" - What to Watch

IMDb sits down with the cast of the thriller drama "Hand of God," including Ron Perlman, Julian Morris, Garret Dillahunt, and Alona Tal.

Watch our interview

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 27 Feb 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 07 Jul 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 9 months ago
 
list image
a list of 21 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: California Dreamin' (2007)

California Dreamin' (2007) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of California Dreamin'.

User Polls

14 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Out of enthusiasm, a Militia soldier abandons his platoon and decides to fight for the cause of the Revolution. His Lieutenant and the rest of the crew look for him during the confused night of 22-23 December 1989.

Director: Radu Muntean
Stars: Paul Ipate, Adi Carauleanu, Dragos Bucur
Philanthropy (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Ovidiu, a high-school teacher looking for an extra buck, finds an unexpected way to earn easy money.

Director: Nae Caranfil
Stars: Mircea Diaconu, Gheorghe Dinica, Mara Nicolescu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In communist era Romania, people live with hope for a new life of freedom.

Director: Catalin Mitulescu
Stars: Dorotheea Petre, Timotei Duma, Anca Ahrfrescu
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A police officer refuses to arrest a young man for offering drugs to his friends.

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Stars: Dragos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov, Ion Stoica
Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Several urban legends of Communist Romania are dramatized.

Directors: Hanno Höfer, Razvan Marculescu, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Diana Cavallioti, Radu Iacoban, Vlad Ivanov
The Oak (1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A description of Romania before Ceausescu's downfall, through the story of Nela. Daughter of a former colonel of the Securitate, the romanian political police. She refused to become as her ... See full summary »

Director: Lucian Pintilie
Stars: Maia Morgenstern, Razvan Vasilescu, Victor Rebengiuc
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In a small isolated village, in 1953, a wedding is interrupted by the news about the death of Stalin. Because any public celebration is forbidden, they decide to turn the happy event into a silent wedding.

Director: Horatiu Malaele
Stars: Meda Andreea Victor, Alexandru Potocean, Valentin Teodosiu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him ... See full summary »

Director: Cristi Puiu
Stars: Ion Fiscuteanu, Luminita Gheorghiu, Doru Ana
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

It's the 22nd of December. Sixteen years have passed since the revolution, and in a small town Christmas is about to come. Piscoci, an old retired man is preparing for another Christmas ... See full summary »

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Stars: Mircea Andreescu, Teodor Corban, Ion Sapdaru
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On his spring break at the seaside, with his wife and his four year old son, Bogdan Ciocazanu runs into his best friends from high-school at the precise date and time that reminds all of ... See full summary »

Director: Radu Muntean
Stars: Dragos Bucur, Anamaria Marinca, Mimi Branescu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two weeks before his release, a teenage prisoner learns that his mother has returned home. Meanwhile, he finds himself in love with a student working in the penitentiary as an intern.

Director: Florin Serban
Stars: George Pistereanu, Ada Condeescu, Mihai Constantin
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Andrei, a 13 year old teenager, living on Bucharest outskirts, decides one day to steal a trolleybus in order to impress Marilena, a prostitute he fell in love with.

Director: Cristian Nemescu
Stars: Aura Calarasu, Madalina Ghitescu, Gabriel Huian
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Captain Doug Jones - the American military officer in command
...
Sergeant David McLaren - the second in command, attracted to Monica
...
Doiaru - the station master
...
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
...
Soldier Marian (as Andrei Vasluianu)
...
Despina
...
The trade union chief , Andrei's father
...
Stelica
Constantin Dita ...
Paul - the mayor's son, a womanizer
Eduard Dumitru ...
Mitroi
Alexandru Georgescu ...
Corporal Tanase
Cristi Olesher ...
Young Doiaru
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

23 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

California Dreamin'  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

French visa # 119156. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

California Dreamin'
Performed by The Mamas and the Papas
Written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great movie but a stereotypical approach of the Balkans
25 June 2007 | by (Bucharest, Romania) – See all my reviews

In artistic terms the movie is great. The story is superb, the acting is excellent too. Nevertheless there is an issue that should be taken into account when a director decides to make a movie with an eastern European setting. Films like the ones directed by Emir Kusturica or Nae Caranfil and now by Nemescu reveal and insist on revealing only one side of the Balkans. This facet is often exaggerated for artistic purposes and while it identifies the Balkans in certain aspects, it can also be very hazardous on the longer term. The Romanian, Serbian or Bulgarian societies are certainly more complex than the instances and the characters depicted in "White cat, black cat", "Philantropica" or "California Dreamin'". This picturesque facet constantly addressed by film makers represents a reality of the region but should not be generalized. This is the hazard of making such movies. Westerners and Americans, not very accustomed to the history and the society of the Eastern Europe might reduce them to this narrow view: gypsies, easy and shallow girls, the general poverty and corruption and a scene populated by low-lifes and scums. Everyone seeing this film should enjoy it for what it is, but should also keep in mind that, although true at a certain level, Romania means more than that.


57 of 79 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
it's not that good kyo_fight
So Much, and Yet So Little sparrowsd
NEMESCU AND TONCU DIED TODAY 25.08.06 alexandru_celac
Un Certain Regard @ Cannes 2007 Margueritas-At-Midnight
anachronism? squashd
eifel tower pashka22
Discuss California Dreamin' (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?