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The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006)

Cum mi-am petrecut sfârsitul lumii (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 30 August 2006 (France)
In communist era Romania, people live with hope for a new life of freedom.
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Cast

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Eva Matei - a seventeen-year-old girl
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Lalalilu 'Lali' Matei - Eva's little brother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anca Ahrfrescu ...
Soçia lui Nucu
Ioan Albu
Sergiu Anghel ...
The headmaster
Monalisa Basarab ...
Professorà cor
Ionut Becheru ...
Alexandru 'Alex' 'Vomicã' - a high school student in love with Eva
Adrian Bulboaca ...
The second guitarist
Ion Carangea
Jean Constantin ...
Uncle Floricã
Flaviu Crisan ...
Securitat policeman
Radu Câmpean ...
The soloist
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Grigore Matei - Eva and Lali's father
Sorin Dinculescu ...
Profesonul panait
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The doctor
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Bucharest 1989 - the last year of Ceausescu's dictatorship. Eva lives with her parents and her 7 year old brother, Lalalilu. One day at school, Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of Ceausescu. They are forced to confess their crime before a disciplinary committee and Eva is expelled from school and transferred to a reformatory establishment. There she meets Andrei, and decides to escape Romania with him. Lalalilu becomes convinced that Ceausescu is the main reason for Eva's decision to leave. So with his friends from school he devises a plan to kill the dictator. Written by Erin

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Swiss censorship visa # 1006.208. See more »

Goofs

There is a longer scene in the movie showing a bus trying to turn around on muddy soil. The bus is a Rocar bus, which has been produced only after 1990, and it has stickers on its doors, which surely have not been used before 1989. See more »

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Hora de la Petichioma
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Copyright 2006 by By Strada Films & Les Films Pelléas
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very good!
11 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It's an excellent movie but unfortunately it's hard to understand this movie unless u are Romanian and u lived in Romania during the communist era. I realize there were some scenes that were quite tricky for non-Romanians and the movie was full of symbols that were quite difficult to follow but for Romanian people were full of significance. The music is as well full of significance for people who grew up in the communist time. Maybe non-Romanian people will only see how Romanian during that communist era lived without power, out of running water and out of food but the film is a little bit more than that....maybe after seeing this movie u can get a little understanding about what does it mean to live in a communist country. Maybe the director is young and quite unexperienced but I think it's a really interesting movie to be seen and I definitely recommend it.


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