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The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006)

Cum mi-am petrecut sfârsitul lumii (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 30 August 2006 (France)
In communist era Romania, people live with hope for a new life of freedom.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorotheea Petre ... Eva Matei - a seventeen-year-old girl
Timotei Duma ... Lalalilu 'Lali' Matei - Eva's little brother
Ioan Albu Ioan Albu
Sergiu Anghel Sergiu Anghel ... The headmaster
Adrian Bulboaca Adrian Bulboaca ... The second guitarist
Ion Carangea Ion Carangea
Jean Constantin Jean Constantin ... Uncle Floricã
Mircea Diaconu ... Grigore Matei - Eva and Lali's father
Bogdan Dumitrache ... The doctor
Liviu Fister Liviu Fister
John Maldea John Maldea
Adrian Nicolae Adrian Nicolae ... The first guitarist
Stellan Nicolae Stellan Nicolae ... Llotari curta nea Tei
Vasile Nicolae Vasile Nicolae ... Llotari curta nea Tei
Cristian Nicolaie Cristian Nicolaie ... Nucu
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Bucharest 1989 - the last year of Ceausescu's dictatorship. Eva lives with her parents and her 7 year old brother, Lalalilu. One day at school, Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of Ceausescu. They are forced to confess their crime before a disciplinary committee and Eva is expelled from school and transferred to a reformatory establishment. There she meets Andrei, and decides to escape Romania with him. Lalalilu becomes convinced that Ceausescu is the main reason for Eva's decision to leave. So with his friends from school he devises a plan to kill the dictator. Written by Erin

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Best European Project Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. See more »

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The end scenes shows Eva on board a ship, the "Prinsendam" of the HAL (Holland America Line). However, historically the HAL has had two ships of that name, the first one tragically sank of the coast of Alaska in 1980, thankfully without casualties. The second ship of that name only joint HAL in 2002, before that it was know as the "Royal Viking Sun" since it's birth in 1988. In the period Eva supposedly received the letter from her younger brother there was no ship with that name. See more »

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A beautiful coming of age story during Communist Romania
8 June 2006 | by tionfiul-1See all my reviews

Not too strong on plot, "How I spent the end of the world" is strong on mood and feeling, and it very well compensates. I usually don't go crazy about "mood pieces" but this is definitely more. I caught the film at the up and coming Transylvania Film Festival (Tiff for short) where the film had its national premiere after a decent reception at Cannes only a few weeks earlier. The film is a MUST for any Romanian who has lived through the Ceausescu years as the filmmakers went through great pains to accurately depict the mood of those days from general landscape to the toy trucks, school uniforms and furniture all Romanians possessed and shared during an era of uniform mass-production. The film stands out as the harbinger of something historians will hopefully refer to as "the Romanian New Wave." With films like this, and "Marilena from P7" as well as Porumboiu's "Has it Been, Has it not Been" (another personal take on the shattering Revolution of 1989), Romanian cinema is finally entering the world circuit, and will hopefully stay there for a while.


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