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12:08 East of Bucharest (2006)
"A fost sau n-a fost?" (original title)

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It's the 22nd of December. Sixteen years have passed since the revolution, and in a small town Christmas is about to come. Piscoci, an old retired man is preparing for another Christmas ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mircea Andreescu ...
Teodor Corban ...
Virgil Jderescu
Ion Sapdaru ...
Tiberiu Manescu
Mirela Cioaba ...
Doamna Manescu
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Doamna Jderescu
Cristina Ciofu ...
Vali
Lucian Iftime ...
Lica
Annemarie Chertic ...
Vera
Petrica Sapdaru ...
Petrica
Catalin Paraschiv ...
Barman
George Guoqingyun ...
Chen
Constantin Dita ...
Tibi
Daniel Badale ...
Professor
Marius Rogojinski ...
Vecin (as Marius Rogojinschi)
Aurelia Tocu ...
Maricica Dima (voice)
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It's the 22nd of December. Sixteen years have passed since the revolution, and in a small town Christmas is about to come. Piscoci, an old retired man is preparing for another Christmas alone. Manescu, the history teacher, tries to keep up with his debts. Jderescu, the owner of a local television post, seems not to be so interested in the upcoming holidays. For him, the time to face history has come. Along with Manescu and Piscoci, he is trying to answer for himself a question which for 16 years has not had an answer: "Was it or wasn't it a revolution in their town?" Written by Alex

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29 September 2006 (Romania)  »

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€200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,586 (USA) (8 June 2007)

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$88,066 (USA) (24 August 2007)
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When a woman and her daughter visit old man Piscoci and ask him to be Santa Claus, the boom mic bobs in and out of the frame at the top of the screen multiple times throughout the shot. See more »

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Reflections of gray
23 April 2007 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

Strong film about social realities of deep Romania. Revolution as myth and self legitimation, lives like gray shadows, society as symbol of failure. Don quixotic gestures and illusions like warm refuges , strange games and paper heroic values, disillusions and questions without answers.

An old man, an alcoholic teacher, a local television boss and a Chinese. Memories about December 1989 as occasions to present the social mud,hate and fear beyond the hideous masks, the slices of unhappiness and sterile search of life's sense. A sad show about horrible reality, nooks of desperation and traumatic dreams.

In fact, reflection of gray tones. Bovaric isle in a far East.


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