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A love story wrapped in a mystery. Set in Europe before WWII, a timid professor is changed by a cataclysmic event and explores the mysteries of life.

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Veronica / Laura
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André Hennicke ...
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Prof. Giuseppe Tucci
Adrian Pintea ...
Pandit
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Woman in Room 6
Florin Piersic Jr. ...
Dr. Gavrila
Zoltan Butuc ...
Dr. Chirila
Adriana Titieni ...
Anetta
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Davidoglu
Dan Astileanu ...
Professor (as Dan Astilean)
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Grenzschutz
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Bartender
Theodor Danetti ...
Dr. Neculache
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Storyline

1938, Romania: at 70, a professor of language and philosophy, Dominic Matei, contemplates suicide: the love of his life is dead, and he remains unable to complete his life's work on the origins of language. Then, he's struck by lightning. After a slow recovery, he grows younger. He must now avoid Nazis, who want to study and experiment on him. Some years later, he meets a young woman who has her own passage through a lightning storm. Not only does Dominic find love again, but her new abilities hold the key to his research. Is the sweetness of life finally at hand? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some sexuality, nudity and a brief disturbing image | See all certifications »

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26 October 2007 (Italy)  »

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$28,550 (USA) (14 December 2007)

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$239,495 (USA) (22 February 2008)
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The first cut was close to three hours. It contains a sub-plot shot (also included in the novella) featuring the 1938 student radicals and Secret Police associating Dominic with them. The sub-plot was ultimately dropped upon suggestion by co-editor Walter Murch in order to keep the story more personal and reaching the intended two hour movie goal. See more »

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During the 1950s period of the movie, Laura is transported across India in an Indian C-130 Hercules but the aeroplane has RAF markings. Also, Laura and Dominic hail a taxi whilst in India and are picked up by a London black cab rather than an Indian Ambassador cab. See more »

Quotes

Dominic: In metaphysical controversies, empirical proofs lose their value, but wouldn't you enjoy receiving a few fresh roses picked from the garden?
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 15 December 2007 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Yo Sin Ti (Me without You
Composers: Osvaldo Golijov, Arturo Castro
Artists: Bucharest Metropolitan Orchestra, Radu Popa
Kalman Balogh, Cimbalom
Kayhan Kalhor, Kamancheh
Michael Ward-Bergemann, Accordion
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Exceptional, But not for everybody
16 November 2008 | by (Bucharest, Romania) – See all my reviews

First of all, i want to express my disgust for people who bash the movie because they didn't enjoy it, or didn't "get it". I accept other people's opinions, it is a free world (most of it anyway), but please stick to just stating your opinion, don't try to change how other people feel about it.

So, in my opinion, first and foremost, if you expect a movie that has drama or action that keeps you glued to your seat, this isn't for you. The plot of the movie has nothing to do with sci-fi, war time action or drama. It is a deeply philosophical movie that appeals to the reality matrix of people, trying to immerse you into some kind of a trance, where you begin to think like the author of the book, and the main character. If you are open minded enough, or a more than average philosophical person, this movie will be quite an experience for you. I know that for me, it was.

I liked it a lot mainly because of the dream/monologue scenes, because they somehow capture the essence of human thought. The doubt, the inner contradictions, the good and the bad sides of the same person. Things that most or all of us do, maybe not in a such out-of-body experience, but it does happen.

I don't want to give to much away, because half of the movie's effect on you has to do with the fact that it catches you off-guard.


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