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  (in credits order)

Armand Assante ... Captain Doug Jones - the American military officer in command

Jamie Elman ... Sergeant David McLaren - the second in command, attracted to Monica

Razvan Vasilescu ... Doiaru - the station master

Maria Dinulescu ... 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

Andi Vasluianu ... Soldier Marian (as Andrei Vasluianu)

Sabina Branduse ... Despina

Gabriel Spahiu ... 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
Catalina Mustata ... Ana - the mayor's wife
Cornel Bulai ... Costel
Diana Dumbrava ... Doiaru's Mother
Dan Astileanu ... Doiaru's Father
Nicodim Ungureanu ... Police Chief
Ionut Brancu ... Minister of Transport
Tomi Cristin ... Minister of Foreign Affairs

Teodor Corban ... Secretary of State
Antonia Ionescu ... Young Girl #1
Laura Voicu ... Young Girl #2
Catalina Harabagiu ... Young Girl #3
Ilinca Harnut ... Young Girl #4

Crina Semciuc ... Young Girl #5

Paul Ipate ... Romanian Soldier #1

Bogdan Marhodin ... Romanian Soldier #2
Nelu Craciun ... Petre
Adrian Anghel ... Fane
Bogdan Cotlet ... Nerd #1
Andrei Solomon ... Nerd #2

Ileana Toma ... Girl #1
Adela Mihai ... Girl #2
Adriana Gheorghisor ... Girl #3

Neculai Predica ... SNCFR Director (as Nicu Predica)
Cristinel Botea ... Engineer
Catalin Paraschiv ... DJ
Aura Calarasu ... Andrei's Mother
Elvis Romano ... Niki Fortune
Ionut Chivu ... Romanian Officer
Vitalie Ursu ... The Russian
Madalina Ghitescu ... Luiza
Andreea Samson ... Mayor's Secretary
Marcel Cobzariu ... Foreman (as Marcello Cobzarju)
Armand Utma ... Classmate #1
Andrei Pandele ... Classmate #2
Constantin Draganescu ... The Grandfather

Florin Penisoara ... Archie
Christopher Troxler ... Soldier
Marco Assante ... Benny Harper

Bart Sidles ... Bart Turner
Adrian Cazdaru ... Controller
Florin Burcea ... Child
Andrei Sever ... Young Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Visan

Directed by
Cristian Nemescu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Catherine Linstrum  additional dialogue
Cristian Nemescu 
Tudor Voican 

Produced by
Dan Badea .... executive producer
Andrei Boncea .... producer
Calin Furtunescu .... line producer
Iuliana Tarnovetchi .... executive producer
Mihai Toderiuc .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Liviu Marghidan 
Film Editing by
Catalin Cristutiu 
Casting by
Domnica Circiumaru 
Alex Johnson 
Production Design by
Ioana Corciova 
Art Direction by
Iulian Bostanaru 
Andreea Popa 
Set Decoration by
Angelo Anghelescu 
Costume Design by
Ana Ioneci 
Makeup Department
Lidia Constantin .... key hair stylist
Lidia Ivanov .... key hair stylist
Andrea Dardea Tesdall .... key makeup artist (as Andreea Dardea)
Production Management
Raul Cosma .... unit manager
Marian Pascale .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aniela Galiceanu .... first assistant director
Claudia Marcu .... assistant director
Claudia Marcu .... assistant director
Razvan Secara .... assistant director
Ruxandra Slotea .... second assistant director
Art Department
Oana Babes .... art department coordinator
Marius Bardasan .... property master
Cristian Mihaila .... property buyer
Gabriela Nechita .... storyboard artist
Vlad Panaitescu .... set construction manager
Eugen Pisau .... props
Aurel Popescu .... construction manager
Sound Department
Dana Bunescu .... sound editor
Nicolae Comarzan .... boom operator
Marius Emil Stanescu .... boom operator
André Fèvre .... foley artist
Cristinel Sirli .... sound mixer (as Christinel Sirli)
Cristian Tarnovetchi .... sound mixer
Andrei Toncu .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Stegaru Adrian .... weapons
Adrian Popescu .... special effects supervisor
Florin Barcun .... stunt performer
Viscreanu Constantin .... stunt player
Mihai Diaconu .... stunts
Madalin Dragan .... stunts
Doru Dumitrescu .... stunts
Alin Luchian .... stunts
Catalin Mancafa .... stunts
Petre Marin .... stunt performer (as Marin Petrica)
Rasvan Puiu .... stunt coordinator
Florin Stancu .... stuntman
Maria-Antoaneta Tudor .... stunt performer (as Maria Antoaneta Ilie)
Andrei Vintileanu .... stunts
Daniel Visan .... stunt player
Camera and Electrical Department
Doru Andreescu .... gaffer
Octavian Andreescu .... lighting director
Lupsa Armand .... electrician
Militaru Aurel-Marian .... electrician (2007)
Andrei Badescu .... grip
Barbu Balasoiu .... camera operator: camera B
Andrei Butica .... camera operator: camera A
Radu Cioplea .... film loader
Radu Marinescu .... key grip
Bogdan Alexandru Sicorschi .... grip
Sorin Stanciu .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luminita Lungu .... costume supervisor
Carmen Stefan .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Bogdan Alexandru .... digital intermediate operator
Roberta Raduca .... digital intermediate colorist
Location Management
Adrian Codoi .... location manager
Silviu Tofan .... location assistant
Transportation Department
Sorina Dumitru .... picture vehicles
Vali Georgescu .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Marco Assante .... assistant: Armand Assante
Teo Bostanica .... key assistant
Irene Iovan Calangiu .... production coordinator (as Iovan Irene)
Laurence Granec .... press attache: France
Mariana Lina .... script supervisor
Ciocan Luci .... financial controller
Karine Menard .... press attache: France
Alex Molea .... production assistant
Amalia Morar .... production secretary
Petruta Panait .... titles

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Also Known As:
"California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit)" - Romania (original title)
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155 min
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French visa # 119156.See more »
Continuity: 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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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Dare to say again the same story... (A deja-vue but unlike any-other), 19 September 2007
Author: badeavasile from Romania

It's funny how similar are all the comments posted by the Romanian viewers. The first time I saw the movie I thought "God, is it possible to never forget such a sad existence? Such a bitter-sweet look upon our life? The so-called *balkanism*?..." Do we ever make a jump, like a time-lap, and have different views on what do we do every day?

Further more beyond the "national sport" (as someone once called it) of self-complaining lies the truth. A certain truth that hurts. We can all see the progress of the Romanian society; we think that the rest of the world doesn't. We point the finger on "the other side" or "the good side", so there shall be no mistakes... Well, I've been once in Capalnita, and I had a shock because after seeing this movie I realized it's all there! There's no need for sets, there's no need for trained actors... The grass still grows between the pieces of the sidewalk in the railroad station... Only today's mobile phones and the car models have changed.

Why should a film director make a "more expensive film" or a "non-low-budget" one? Do you really care about how much did it cost? Or, should really be the film an accurate projection of the real life? Was it ever so? No matter what good or wrong you you'll see in the recent Romanian society, there are certain people living in this country who can make genuine art. And finishing a work of art is utopia.

I couldn't avoid to observe Nemescu's care for details and real life like shots. Many excellent Romanian film directors tend to have a keen sense for the dynamism of the short takes by "wearing" the camera like a peer of glasses. No soundtrack is needed except the music within the scene. In the most cases the human eye concentrates on human subjects just like Nemescu's lens did in this masterpiece (from normal to long focal lens, say 85mm or even more than 200mm in some cases). One surrealist shot (with the "Romanian-made" Efel tower) caught my attention as an exception. No image stabilizer is needed when you make a non-commercial movie. On the contrary! Usually, in a very dynamic scene -like a fight- your eye captures only bits of shocking details, cause you're frightened. Complementary artificial lighting is quite moderate if not absent. Sure, this version of the displayed picture needed further cuts and refinements. And this is not because the picture is "too long". That's Hollywood's paradigm, cause art in general doesn't deal with units of measurement. Strangely as it seems for the "outsiders", for those who consider the play of the actors and the action are overreacted, this film can generate pure emotions, antipodes, anger, hope, deliverance, fervour, grace... And this is the main purpose of the 7-th art.

Yes, it's a great movie, even if it's unfortunately unfinished; like an unexploded bomb in the Romanian consciousness... But is there anything "finished" or it has ever been something really "finished" in our country, Romania? Maybe Cristian Nemescu new why it's "endless".

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