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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 ... Truica - 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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Storyline

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:

The Oak See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania

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Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

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

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Romanian version of Underground, a must!
16 December 2002 | by jozsefbiroSee all my reviews

The second Pintilie movie I have seen recently (thanks to Duna TV) and even better than the previous one (O Vara de neuitat): a great movie indeed! This is the Romanian version of Kusturica's Underground, or perhaps I should I say the opposite, since Balanta is actually an earlier piece. The fast-paced, furious story packed with bitter irony and surrealistic moments (well, the closer you live to the country, the less surrealistic they are: comments from people living in Ceausescu's Romania state that the film has nothing "unreal" in it) captures the essence of one of the darker dictatorships of the former Communist Bloc, where the harshness of oppression is softened only by the corruption of the society. Just like Kusturica in Underground, Pintilie presents a very critical picture of the society but at the same time he clearly shows his sympathy towards his suffering but talented and charming nation. All in all: stunning pictures, perfect acting and shocking scenes combine in Balanta for a perfect piece of cinema.


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