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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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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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Best Romanian film ever made
29 June 2003 | by Alice_FlutureSee all my reviews

I had the exquisite privilege to see the film's premiere and since then I've been to see it five more times. It is the best Romanian film ever made. From the script writing (plot) to acting, costumes, camera movements, editing, everything has so high a quality it acquires international value. The disadvantage of it being so Romanian may diminish a lot of its humor for foreign viewers, but there is something universal about humor that makes the bittersweet truth reach the humanity of each member of the audience rather than their nationality. It is a sour sweet satire of the contemporary Romanian society and underworld of which fiction one begins to doubt as credits start rolling.

This is for those who don't know how the director looks like: Nae Caranfil has a cameo as a Karaoke singer. Does the foreign audience applaud when there is a good scene or when the director appears in a cameo, like they did here?

What else? The Romanian film critics had designated "Filantropica" as representative for our country in Best Foreign Picture pre-nominations for the Academy Awards. Unfortunately, they didn't know much about publicity and didn't even come up with all the necessary data for the sites & all, but this does not diminish the film's value and the excuse may be that the event was a first time ever.


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