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

Cum mi-am petrecut sfârsitul lumii (original title)
In communist era Romania, people live with hope for a new life of freedom.

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Credited cast:
Dorotheea Petre ...
Eva Matei - a seventeen-year-old girl
Timotei Duma ...
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
Mircea Diaconu ...
Grigore Matei - Eva and Lali's father
Sorin Dinculescu ...
Profesonul panait
The doctor


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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30 August 2006 (France)  »

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The Way I Spent the End of the World  »

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Best European Project Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. See more »


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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Written by Ciprina Parumbesque
Copyright 2006 by Strada Films & Les Films Pelléas
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29 September 2006 | by (Timisoara, Romania) – See all my reviews

I've been trying to watch all Romanian films of late, although without much success. Some are just too ludicrous and others simply can't arouse any interest on my behalf.

I'd seen Trafic from Mitulescu, a slice of life piece from the busy happenings of Bucharest, which was a celebrated achievement of Romanian cinema at that time - with some merit. Now, "Cum mi-am petrecut sfarsitul lumii" is, firstly, a film with a striking title that can lead you on - erroneously. Going beyond the metaphor, I guess you can accept it as what the end of communism symbolized: the end of an era.

The film itself is about a young girl, Eva, (very well played by D. Petre) who is not only passing through the usual problems which come with adolescence, but who must also bear the weight of communism and its effects on her shoulders. I myself saw in her a prototype of the modern woman, the one who wants to think for herself and act as she deems is correct (but who also understands the importance of sacrificing herself at times), and all this burden of age and political restraints are fantastically mirrored on D. Petre's face. However, the film doesn't really go far beyond illustrating the last segment of the Ceausescu era - the fear, the hate, the desire to flee. While Eva's constant struggle, between responsibility (family) and rebellion, does deliver a certain dose of tension and dynamics, the film felt unsatisfying in the end.

What I'm referring to is that feeling you expect to encounter after a rather warm film about a different kind of childhood with a rather different sort of dreams: that overwhelming experience of fulfillment - both what the characters are concerned and the audience. So while "Cum mi-am petrecut sfarsitul lumii" has its good moments and conveys a very true perspective of those days, it simply did not satisfy me. Maybe it's the fact that I "missed out" on the era and, consequently, can't truly understand them. But what I felt was real enough for me, so the problem must lie within the story.

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