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

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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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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

Robert Dobrovicescu: Hey teach, I heard some talk about booting me out. What's up?
Ovidiu Gorea: You must've done something.
Robert Dobrovicescu: But you stick up for me! You're my buddy, right?
Ovidiu Gorea: What can I do, if you keep looking for trouble?
Robert Dobrovicescu: Let me spell it out for you. If they boot me out and you're on their side, you won't be my buddy anymore. Then I come see you... and slice you like salami. Fair? Sounds fair to me.
Ovidiu Gorea: I'll think about it.
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black comedy about the 'transition' period
24 September 2006 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

In Romania they call it the 'transition' period. Whoever invented this term meant to describe the period between Communist Romania and a normal society, a period where people can recover dignity, learn speaking the truth and trust their human fellows. The issue is that in Romania, as in all other former Communist countries this period was marked by a great amount of dis-illusions, by many broken dreams and destinies as the recovery proved not to be easy neither on the economic not on human plans. The place of human relations was taken by tricks and robbery, the emptiness of the Communist slogans was replaced by the emptiness of the commercial TV, surviving as a human being is tough.

'Filantropica' presents a point of view which may be unknown or hard to catch for many non-Romanian viewers. The Romanian literature and theater has a great satiric tradition, and the founder of absurd comedy theater Eugene Ionesco was of Romanian origin. This is where the villain characters in 'Filantropica' like the one of the master combinator played by Gheorghe DInica come from, although the figure of the little professor of literature dreaming to overcome his miserable condition (through money? through love?) played by Mircea Diaconu is as universal as a Benigni or Woody Allen would have created it.

Some comments consider 'Filantropica' as the best film of the Romanian cinema. I believe that this is an exaggeration, there are certain flaws especially the extended and un-justified use of off-screen voice in the first part of the movie. 'Moartea Domnului Lazarescu' of Cristi Puiu, another movie inspired by the reality of the same period is a better film, with somehow a more optimistic message. Yet this is an important film about this complex period in the history of Romania.


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