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Offset (2006)

Nicu (Razvan Vasilescu) runs a print shop in Bucharest, Romania, and Brindusa (Alexandra Maria Lara) is his secretary and translator. Years ago, they were lovers, but now they maintain a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alexandra Maria Lara ... Brindusa Herghelegiu
Felix Klare ... Stefan Fischer
Razvan Vasilescu ... Nicu Iorga
Manfred Zapatka ... Herr Fischer
Katharina Thalbach ... Frau Fischer
Bruno Cathomas ... Peter Gross
Ioana Abur Ioana Abur ... Christina
Valentin Platareanu ... Herr Herghelegiu
Anna Stieblich ... Iris
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doru Ana Doru Ana ... Worker / Guest
Antoine Bagnaninchi Antoine Bagnaninchi ... Investor
Andreea Bibiri Andreea Bibiri ... Wedding shop sales girl
Aura Calarasu Aura Calarasu ... Secretary Wedding House
Marius Chivu Marius Chivu ... Bodyguard Florin
Antoaneta Cojocaru Antoaneta Cojocaru ... Nurse
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Nicu (Razvan Vasilescu) runs a print shop in Bucharest, Romania, and Brindusa (Alexandra Maria Lara) is his secretary and translator. Years ago, they were lovers, but now they maintain a friendly, if occasionally awkward, relationship. When Nicu orders a new printing press, Stefan (Felix Klare), a German engineer, is sent to install the machine. Soon after his arrival, he and Brindusa begin dating. When Nicu learns of their relationship, he grows increasingly obsessed with breaking them up.

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German | Romanian | English | French

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2 November 2006 (Germany) See more »

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Agyő, Bukarest See more »

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Romania See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sophisticated family drama
24 April 2007 | by Paul MartinSee all my reviews

I saw Offset last night at the Festival of German Films in Melbourne. It is set in Bucharest, Romania and is a French, German and Swiss co-production. It really is a curious film and uses German, Romanian, English and French dialogue. A young German-speaking Romanian woman is marrying a German man and they plan to move to Germany. But it is a complex plot - complex in terms of plot, relationships and emotionally.

Right from the start I noticed that the cinematography was beautiful in an understated, naturalistic way - just the way I like it. I was tentative for much of the film, as it looked like it was setting itself up as a fairly stereotypical family drama/romance that could descend into comedy at a moment's notice. With confidence, the director completely steered away from just about every cliché and contrivance that could have been readily exploited at any time. This is sophisticated film-making.

The chemistry between the various characters was full of authenticity and their interactions were both natural and original. There was a language barrier between the respective parents of the young couple and the film captured their unease at dinner very effectively. Characters were mostly shades of grey, so that even the beauty of the young woman did not eclipse her moral ambiguity.

The film appears to head for a certain direction, and when things turn dark, it becomes genuinely suspenseful. It was at this point that I realised this film was much more than just another mediocre story. It was intelligent, culturally complex and I highly recommend it, though I don't believe it will be commercially released in Australia. That's a real shame, because it's well-made and could easily have wide appeal. It's vastly superior to most family dramas that make it to our screens.


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