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The Rest is Silence (2007)
"Restul e tacere" (original title)

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In 1911-12, the Romanian movie director Grigore Brezianu and the financial tycoon Leon Popescu made together the 2 hours long movie "Romania's Independence" - an as faithful as possible ... See full summary »

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Grigore 'Grig' Ursache
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Leon Negrescu
Mirela Zeta ...
Emilia
Sandu Mihai Gruia ...
Iancu Ursache
Valentin Popescu ...
Catargiu
Nicu Mihoc ...
Anton Vorbula
Gavril Patru ...
The Cameraman
Silviu Biris ...
Raoul
Vlad Zamfirescu ...
Nutu Ferefide
Samuel Tastet ...
Raymond Duffin
Florin Zamfirescu ...
Colonel Guta - Chief of Police
Alexandru Hasnas ...
King Carol I
Ioana Bulca ...
Aristizza
Eric Coustaud ...
Leroy
Constantin Dita ...
Art Student
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In 1911-12, the Romanian movie director Grigore Brezianu and the financial tycoon Leon Popescu made together the 2 hours long movie "Romania's Independence" - an as faithful as possible screen adaptation of the real Independence War that had been fought in 1877. Now, "Restul e tacere" tells us, in a loose and half-fictionalized way, the story of this movie making. Written by Mihnea Columbeanu

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The Rest is Silence (2007) had a budget of EUR2.43m and is the most expensive all-Romanian movie ever made.[2008] See more »

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Carol I: A "director"...?... So what the hell does this child do?
Grig: Me, I reign, Sire!
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Falsity at Its Best
27 March 2008 | by (Timisoara, Romania) – See all my reviews

Love films. Always have, always will. Would like to love Romanian films too, because it just feels good to hear a film unfold in my very own language. But things are as they are and I can't make them any different. All I can try is change my "optic" of things, which I can't seem to do in this particular case. Some films sway you to, others don't. It's just as simple as that.

In Caranfil's style, "Restul e tacere" is a jolly new film about film, but also about jolly old Romania and the people inhabiting it. It looks good and is decently acted, as a young protagonist tries to make a film about the Romanian battle of independence, against the Turks, which leads him on a road of enlightenment about the people of that world. A lot of character types pop up in this morally vile Romania which bear a lot of criticism to the contemporary one as well.

What disappoints me is that subtlety is often sacrificed for clarity, with an ending so full of itself that it just undermines many of the things said and done along the way. It is undeniable that the film has moments of poignant humor and all in all manages to sketch a very true form of the ill society which rules the land, now and then, but it isn't "round" enough to be placed on the shelf it wishes to place itself.

I may be overly harsh about Caranfil's latest effort, but I do not wish to ignore the underlying themes and motifs he ties in with the story, the allegorical parallels of other stages of the world and some of the great single elements which are part of it. However it isn't enough - as far as I'm concerned - to be really smart about the things you say, if the way you say them doesn't fit.


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