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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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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:

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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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One of the greatest films of the 1990's.
6 May 1999 | by RigorSee all my reviews

Lucian Pintilie finds a remarkable balance between bitter ironic comedy and unflinching political analysis in this breathtaking film. This is a key work in the "post cold war" era that should be seen by anyone who really appreciates the art and craft of cinema. This is a narrative of our time, told with bold, brave abandoned. The screenplay is one of the best of the 1990's and the performances are flawless. The film's actual rootedness in Romainian politics and culture is refreshing in an era of often compromised Euro-co-productions. It is this specificity that actually opens the door to "universal" themes and values.


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