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Romulus, My Father (2007)

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It tells the story of Romulus, his beautiful wife, Christina, and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond. It is a story of impossible love that ultimately celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son.

Director:

Richard Roxburgh

Writers:

Nick Drake, Raimond Gaita (memoir)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Bana ... Romulus Gaita
Franka Potente ... Christina Gaita
Marton Csokas ... Hora
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Raimond Gaita
Russell Dykstra Russell Dykstra ... Mitru
Jacek Koman ... Vacek
Alethea McGrath ... Mrs. Lillie
Terry Norris ... Tom Lillie
Esme Melville Esme Melville ... Miss Collard
Nick Peace Nick Peace ... Teacher
Geoffrey Graham Geoffrey Graham ... Man in Cafe
Trevor Nesbitt Trevor Nesbitt ... Man in Cafe
Zoe Boesen Zoe Boesen ... Young Woman in Cafe
Briega Young Briega Young ... Young Woman in Cafe
Laurie Jensen Laurie Jensen ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

Raimond Gaita (1946 - ) comes of age in Frogmore, Victoria in the early 1960s. His parents are immigrants: his Romanian father farms; his German mother, Christina, estranged from Romulus, is in Melbourne. Romulus is near despair when she takes up with the brother of his best friend, who suggests he send for a new wife from back home. For Rai, poverty, bruises, and the mysterious ways of adults compete with his longing for a stable home and his own incipient puberty. Love and madness lie in the same bed. As an old woman tells Rai, "Sometimes what you reckon and what you get ain't the same thing." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Bond Between a Father and His Son Can Never Be Broken

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Eric Bana stated in an interview that during filming, he remembered much of his own family's struggles and as a result, it felt a bit like his own history. See more »

Goofs

In the diner scene, Christina plays the record "My Prayer" by the Platters on the Laurie label. The record was actually released on Mercury. See more »

Quotes

Raimond: [noticing the looks that the ladies are giving Romulus] Why are they looking at you?
Romulus: Because they want to be friendly.
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Connections

Referenced in An Independent Epic: The Making of 'Twin Rivers' (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

My Prayer
Music by Georges Boulanger and Jimmy Kennedy
Performed by The Platters
Published by EMI Music Publishing
Licenced courtesy of J. Albert & Son Pty Lim.
Under Licence from Island Def Jam USA
Licenced courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.
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Rai and his Father
16 September 2009 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Richard Roxburgh has picked a difficult story to tell through a motion picture. For a first timer, he doesn't do a bad job. Through his cinematographer, he captures the raw Australian landscape beautifully and contrasts it well with the 'depression' of that time. He extracts phenomenal performances from his actors. He also displays the subtle layers quite effectively and seems to have an understanding of how difficult things were during that time. The only problem is that 'Romulus, My Father' moves at an extremely slow pace and some of the events appear patchy rather than smooth. Eric Bana does an excellent job. Marton Csokas is superb. Franka Potente handles a difficult role with élan. Child actor Kodi Smit-McPhee is terrific as Rai who is torn between his parents. The background score has a subtle effect. 'Romulus, My Father' reminded me of 'Angela's Ashes' but in my opinion, the latter remains a superior film.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

31 May 2007 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Babam Romulus See more »

Filming Locations:

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,791, 2 March 2008

Gross USA:

$4,283

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,234,889
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arenafilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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