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The Oak (1992)

Balanta (original title)
A description of Romania before Ceausescu's downfall, through the story of Nela. Daughter of a former colonel of the Securitate, the romanian political police. She refused to become as her ... See full summary »

Director:

Lucian Pintilie

Writers:

Ion Baiesu (novel), Lucian Pintilie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maia Morgenstern ... Nela
Razvan Vasilescu ... Mitica
Victor Rebengiuc ... Village mayor
Dorel Visan ... Country Priest
Ion Pavlescu Ion Pavlescu
Mariana Mihut Mariana Mihut ... Priest's wife
Gheorghe Visu ... Priest in the train
Dan Condurache ... Prosecutor
Virgil Andriescu Virgil Andriescu ... Nela's father
Alexandru Matei Alexandru Matei ... Butusina
Leopoldina Balanuta Leopoldina Balanuta ... Nela's mother
Magda Catone Magda Catone ... Mitica's assistant
Ionel Mihailescu Ionel Mihailescu ... Titi
Dorina Lazar Dorina Lazar
Vasile Popa Vasile Popa
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A description of Romania before Ceausescu's downfall, through the story of Nela. Daughter of a former colonel of the Securitate, the romanian political police. She refused to become as her sister, an agent of this Securitate, and lives with her father. After he died, she leaves Bucarest, and ends up in a little town, where she meets Mitica, a surgeon, another herself, laughing of everything. Written by Yepok

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France | Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

22 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Romania

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Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)
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Featured in Filmare/Filmage (1992) See more »

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The Essence of Romania
23 August 2000 | by BeebendersSee all my reviews

At the time I read the book the film is based on, it was a reflection of the reality surrounding us, in Romania, therefore after the first print it was banned by the Ceausescu's communist regime. As time went by, I emigrated in the US, and seen the movie 10 years after I've read the book and although the movie supposedly is a fiction, it played like a documentary in front of my eyes. It is hard, as a Romanian, to disconnect from my personal experiences, but if anybody is interested in what the communism in Romania was like, this movie is the way to find out. The tragic and the comedy are coming together to weave the fabric of a society so sick, that life becomes surreal. For my money this is a great movie, the fresco of a society governed by rules unknown to civilization.


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