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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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Storyline

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

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$2,791 (USA) (29 February 2008)
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First film for both Kodi Smit-McPhee and directorial debut for Richard Roxburgh (though he has previously worked as a theater director). See more »

Goofs

In the scene in the diner in which Christina plays a record on the jukebox, the jukebox is marked "Stereophonic." In 1962, stereophonic jukeboxes didn't exist and 45 rpm records (which is what the jukebox in the film plays) were mono only. See more »

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Mitru: I wish it could be the way it used to be. When we were friends.
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Written by Johnny Greenan, Johnny O'Keefe and Dave Owen
Performed by Jerry Lee Lewis
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If you are serious about films.... seriously see this movie.
18 June 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I could not speak more highly of this film. It is flawlessly realised and I plead with anyone serious about film-making as a sincere form of high art to support this film. I have never experienced anything that is richer with real emotional substance and that conveys a convergence of humanity with more dignity.

Furthermore, I have never seen an ensemble of actors grasp the very essence of a story so powerfully and accurately. Each performer, even the youngest, is acutely aware of the history of their character and the significance of each and every moment that is being so beautifully captured.

For me, dissecting this movie in any way would be like sitting outside in the rain during a sunshower and trying to explain what was right or wrong with the situation.

'Romulus, My Father' confirms, without question, that Australian Filmaking has come of age.


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