Occident is a bittersweet comedy that focuses on the growing tendency of Eastern European youth to migrate west. When the amicable Luci (Alexandru Papadopol) and his beautiful lover Sorina ... See full summary »


Cristian Mungiu


Cristian Mungiu
7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandru Papadopol ... Luci
Anca Androne ... Sorina
Samuel Tastet Samuel Tastet ... Jerome
Tania Popa Tania Popa ... Mihaela
Dorel Visan ... Politistul
Julieta Strîmbeanu Julieta Strîmbeanu ... Granny (as Julieta Strâmbeanu)
Eugenia Bosânceanu Eugenia Bosânceanu ... Tanti Leana
Ioan Gyuri Pascu Ioan Gyuri Pascu ... Gica
Tora Vasilescu Tora Vasilescu ... Directoarea
Michael Beck Michael Beck ... The Dutchman
Valeriu Andriuta ... Nae
Mihai Danu Mihai Danu ... Gabriel
Constantin Ghenescu Constantin Ghenescu ... Nea Jean
Doru Ana Doru Ana ... Directorul agentiei
Jerome Nikolongo Jerome Nikolongo ... Luigi


Occident is a bittersweet comedy that focuses on the growing tendency of Eastern European youth to migrate west. When the amicable Luci (Alexandru Papadopol) and his beautiful lover Sorina (Anca Androne) are evicted from their apartment, Sorina decides they must visit her father's grave and ask for a "sign". Seconds later, Luci is hit in the head by a bottle and taken to the hospital by a Frenchman. Despite her love for Luci, Sorina believes a life with security takes precedence over romance, and moves in with the good samaritan. Meanwhile, a jilted bride (Tania Popa) and her mother (Coca Bloos) enlist the help of of a private agency to find a proper husband for her, but the wealthy Italian man they select has more than a couple of undesirable traits. Later, Michaela's (Popa) father, a police captain, finds out that Luci's cousin is dead, prompting him to remember when the two boys fled from Romania by swimming across the Danube on an inflatable doll. The cousin had made it across, ... Written by AnonymousB

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Romance


See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Cristian Mungiu's directorial film debut. See more »

User Reviews

Greatest black comedy I have ever seen, besides American Beauty
30 September 2002 | by anandamoyi-1See all my reviews

The movie achieved great success in Cannes festival. The greatest thing about it is the natural way of showing different stories around the same characters. Everyone could identify with one character in the movie. It is sad, showing that Romania is a country everyone wants to leave, seeking for a better life in Occident. Yet, the main character does not leave, not because he does not want to, but because he has nothing to do abroad. The movie shows different experiences from the point of view of each character. The end is unexpected, the further life of characters is unknown, you may imagine they succeeded abroad or not. Occident is not a social movie but a comedy, even if a black one, about people's goals, hopes, dreams. It does not want to emphasize the poverty in Romania, because it shows only the life of a certain group of people, which do not represent the entire Romanian nation. The team that made this movie is great, the director, the actors, the script, everything is great about this movie. This movie will change you, will make you wonder about things you never thought before.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

20 February 2008 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

幸福在西方 See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »


Box Office


$450,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed