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Filantropica (2002)

Ovidiu, a high-school teacher looking for an extra buck, finds an unexpected way to earn easy money.

Director:

Nae Caranfil

Writer:

Nae Caranfil
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mircea Diaconu ... Ovidiu Gorea
Gheorghe Dinica ... Pavel Puiut
Mara Nicolescu Mara Nicolescu ... Miruna
Viorica Voda Viorica Voda ... Diana Dobrovicescu
Marius Florea Vizante ... Simpaticul
Florin Zamfirescu Florin Zamfirescu ... Poetul Garii de Nord
Cristian Gheorghe Cristian Gheorghe ... Robert Dobrovicescu
Florin Calinescu Florin Calinescu ... Himself
Constantin Draganescu Constantin Draganescu ... Tatal
Monica Ghiuta Monica Ghiuta ... Mama
Ovidiu Niculescu ... Ospatarul
Valentin Popescu ... Recuperator #1
Nae Caranfil ... Karaoke singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabriela Bobes Gabriela Bobes
George Lungoci George Lungoci ... Reporter
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Storyline

Ovidiu, a high-school teacher looking for an extra buck, finds an unexpected way to earn easy money.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Romania | France

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

15 March 2002 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Filanthropia See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nae Caranfil, the director, does a cameo in most of his films. In Filantropica he appears in the Karaoke scene. See more »

Quotes

Poetul Garii de Nord: The girl's giggle in the tram definitively enchanted me. I am yet again upset, just like mister Ion Susai.
Ovidiu Gorea: Who is... Ion Susai?
Poetul Garii de Nord: A friend of mine, you don't know him.
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References Columbo (1971) See more »

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Close to perfect...
4 March 2006 | by spiritualwolfSee all my reviews

...and an excellent commentary on the state of society not only in Romania but in the rest of the world. There are some references, small, almost hidden, to the World Bank and the EU, that help you to see the parallels between what's happening to the protagonist on a personal level and what's happening to Romania on a national level.

I've spent a lot of time in Romania over the last few years, and have wanted to tell people I know here in the UK about what it's really like over there - Filantropica gives me a chance to make what I say come to life. The portrayal of the rich, useless 'students', in particular, was so close to reality I just couldn't stop laughing.

....and the dogs at the beginning and the end are just, well, perfect!


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