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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Bana ... Romulus Gaita
Franka Potente ... Christina Gaita
Marton Csokas ... Hora
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Raimond Gaita
Russell Dykstra ... Mitru
Jacek Koman ... Vacek
Alethea McGrath Alethea McGrath ... Mrs. Lillie
Terry Norris 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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Details

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:

AUD 331,072 (Australia), 3 June 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,791, 2 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,791, 2 March 2008
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arenafilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to the special features, everything in the film was taken from the real Raimond's life. See more »

Goofs

The black eye and cut on Christina's face changes in different shots. 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 Rolf De Heer (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Real Wild Child
Written by Johnny Greenan, Johnny O'Keefe and Dave Owen
Performed by Jerry Lee Lewis
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Wow..
14 April 2008 | by tainted_perfectionSee all my reviews

I managed to catch this movie at the Singapore International Film Festival.It was only one of the few movies that I was interested in catching because the story intrigued me.Not to mention that it had a great cast too. So Romulus My Father is story centered around young Raimond and his relationships with his dad Romulus and his mother Christina.Both Romulus and Christina are migrants settling in Australia and we see the emotional toll that happens between the three of them and also with Hora and Mitru both playing a big part in the lives of those three.

From the moment Romulous stars you have this strong feeling that your in for a great movie.And trust me,during those hundred and four minutes you will see a great story of courage,love and betrayal.It is a very emotional story and brilliantly made.You just know that everyone involved in this movie put their heart and soul into it and their efforts have certainly paid off.Romulous My Father is a story that everyone can identify with.The characters in this movie and their actions leave you thinking even long after the movie has ended.

Performances naturally are one of the highpoints for this film.Nothing new for Bana and Potente here.Both of them are great which is nothing surprising here since both are very talented actors.Suppoting cast is great too,Martion Csokas and Russel Dykstra are moth magnificent.But the real show-stealer here is the young but talented Kodi Smit McPhee who plays the young Raimond.His role is not an easy role to portray yet he does it with such confidence. You feel for him,for everything he has to go through with his parents and every scene he's in is just brilliant.Move over Dakota Fanning,this kid is here to stay! Romulus my father is one solid drama, with a captivating story that everyone can relate to. Not to mention is vibrant cinematography and top-notch acting. Its one of the films where it deserves a bigger release and seen by a wider audience. One can only hope that happens.


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