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Romulus, My Father (2007)

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It tells the story of Romulus, his beautiful wife, Christina, and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond. It is a story of impossible love that ultimately celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son.

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Raimond Gaita (1946 - ) comes of age in Frogmore, Victoria in the early 1960s. His parents are immigrants: his Romanian father farms; his German mother, Christina, estranged from Romulus, is in Melbourne. Romulus is near despair when she takes up with the brother of his best friend, who suggests he send for a new wife from back home. For Rai, poverty, bruises, and the mysterious ways of adults compete with his longing for a stable home and his own incipient puberty. Love and madness lie in the same bed. As an old woman tells Rai, "Sometimes what you reckon and what you get ain't the same thing." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Bond Between a Father and His Son Can Never Be Broken

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for sexuality, some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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31 May 2007 (Australia)  »

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Babam Romulus  »

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$2,791 (USA) (29 February 2008)

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$2,791 (USA) (29 February 2008)
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Trivia

In Roman mythology, Romulus was left in the wilderness with his brother, and went on to found the city of Rome. See more »

Goofs

In the diner scene, Christina plays the record "My Prayer" by the Platters on the Laurie label. The record was actually released on Mercury. See more »

Quotes

Raimond: Excuse me, who was that singing?
[indicates gramophone]
Girl on the porch: Jerry Lee Lewis. They call him the Killer.
Raimond: Why?
Girl on the porch: Because he kills people I guess.
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Real Wild Child
Written by Johnny Greenan, Johnny O'Keefe and Dave Owen
Performed by Jerry Lee Lewis
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Very special movie - an Australian classic for sure
29 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a an extremely compelling and moving film. I just cannot get the story and characters out of my head.

The casting was absolutely perfect, each and every actor was incredibly well chosen and there is no hint of Hollywoodness about any of them. Kodi Smit-McPhee is unbelievable in the role of Raymond Gaita, I almost never wish to see him in any other role and want to remember him as Raymond forever.

It is quite difficult to get hold of this book which I'm keen to do to read the aspects of the story which the film didn't cover. I had read the book reviews so was aware of the family's past history but my husband found some parts a little confusing - he felt it would have been beneficial to focus some time on the Gaita's initial arrival in Australia and how this affected each character. He found it a great movie but a little 'arty'. Lots of the story is non-verbal and you can read the story in the faces of the characters and the feeling of the landscape. I loved this movie and would highly recommend it to everybody!


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