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California Dreamin' (2007)

California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit) (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, War | 23 January 2009 (USA)
A railway chief delays a NATO train transporting military equipment during the war in Kosovo in 1999.

Director:

Cristian Nemescu

Writers:

Catherine Linstrum (additional dialogue), Cristian Nemescu | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Armand Assante ... Captain Doug Jones - The American Military Officer in Command
Jamie Elman ... Sergeant David McLaren - the second in command, attracted to Monica
Razvan Vasilescu ... Doiaru - the station master
Maria Dinulescu ... Monica - the station master's daughter, who dreams of a better life
Alexandru Margineanu ... Andrei - a villager in love with Monica (as Alex Margineanu)
Ion Sapdaru Ion Sapdaru ... The Mayor
Alexandru Dragoi Alexandru Dragoi ... Rodriguez
Andi Vasluianu ... Soldier Marian (as Andrei Vasluianu)
Sabina Branduse Sabina Branduse ... Despina
Gabriel Spahiu ... The trade union chief , Andrei's father
Gabriel Radu ... Stelica
Constantin Dita Constantin Dita ... Paul - the mayor's son, a womanizer
Eduard Dumitru Eduard Dumitru ... Mitroi
Alexandru Georgescu Alexandru Georgescu ... Corporal Tanase
Cristi Olesher Cristi Olesher ... Young Doiaru
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Storyline

In 1999, during the Kosovo War,a train carrying NATO equipment, escorted by American Marines with Captain Doug Jones in command, is held back in Capalnita, a Romanian godforsaken village, by Doiaru, the station master, who blocks the train over a paperwork technicality. For five days the villagers try to take advantage of the Americans' unexpected presence. The mayor, for instance, organizes a celebration in their honor. On the other hand, sergeant David McLaren, Jones's second in command, falls in love with Monica, the crafty's station master's daughter, who dreams of a better world... And what about the Marines' initial mission? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

Romania

Language:

English | Romanian | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

23 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

California Dreamin' See more »

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Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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French visa # 119156. See more »

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When Captain Jones is talking to Doiaru in his office, the clock behind Doiaru goes from 4:15 to 4:12 and back to 4:15 in the matter of a few seconds. See more »

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Cristian Nemescu conquered immortality...
3 June 2007 | by oram_21See all my reviews

Cristian Nemescu's Cannes award wining movie, California Dreaming manages to exceptionally underline the issue of globalization, bureaucracy, the international image of the United States and it's actions, opportunism; also some of the bitter realities of Romanian administration, politics, mentality and the servility regarding foreigners that is found in this country way of thinking; everything is spinning around an old local obsession from 1944 when all of Romania was waiting for the US Forces to arrive and liberate it from the occupants; the viewer is surprised several times by different cues(lines) that are more or less subtle and what is impressive is that with only one phrase some of the characters manage to create powerful images and scenes. The arrival of the Americans in the Capalnita Village it is seen by locals as a unique chance to live a better life and in their attempt to distinguish themselves, the villagers become capable to give rise to amazing actions never seen before in the community even though in the end all becomes so very ridiculous and ironically for both of the sides(the US Marines and the Romanians)but for different reasons: the Americans because of their unstoppable urge to leave and being stuck in the middle of nowhere and the villagers for their desire to lure and impress the new arrived guests. Another thing to remind is the brilliant black and white scenes mixed in the movie, which present a story from The Second World War, aspects which are essential for the viewer to understand the mentality of one of the most important character named Doianu, the one who actually starts the main plot. The overall impression is that of a movie with a great script, very well played, fascinating situations, but above all so very exceptional directed.


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