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The Paper Will Be Blue (2006)

Hîrtia va fi albastrã (original title)
Out of enthusiasm, a Militia soldier abandons his platoon and decides to fight for the cause of the Revolution. His Lieutenant and the rest of the crew look for him during the confused night of 22-23 December 1989.

Director:

Radu Muntean
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Ipate ... Costi
Adi Carauleanu Adi Carauleanu ... Lt. Neagu
Dragos Bucur ... Dragos
Tudor Istodor ... Bogdan
Alexandru Potocean ... Vasile
Andi Vasluianu ... Aurel
Dana Dogaru Dana Dogaru ... Dna Andronescu
Ion Sapdaru Ion Sapdaru ... Craciun
Mimi Branescu ... Lt. Deleanu
Alexandru Georgescu Alexandru Georgescu ... Lt. Voinescu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virgil Aioanei Virgil Aioanei ... Soldat Vila
Valentin Antofi Valentin Antofi ... Redactor TVR
Dorian Boguta ... Ranit (as Doru Boguta)
Viorel Comanici Viorel Comanici ... Maior Costinas
Constantin Dita Constantin Dita ... Panghe
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Out of enthusiasm, a Militia soldier abandons his platoon and decides to fight for the cause of the Revolution. His Lieutenant and the rest of the crew look for him during the confused night of 22-23 December 1989.

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Viorel Voinescu is a man in his 50s, way too old to be only a lieutenant. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Neagu: [The engine starts working with a loud noise.] I said wait a second.
Dragos: No, I'm just turning on the engine; it's already freezing.
Vasile: There were snowstorms this time last winter.
Dragos: We're lucky it's warm outside, or else no one would have started a fucking revolution.
Lt. Neagu: Don't say that; the cold was one of the reasons that drove people to the revolution too.
Dragos: The cold in their homes. But it's warm outside.
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Astonishing, transcendent. It left me speechless and changed my life.
30 October 2010 | by jm10701See all my reviews

It may take a few lines to get this review going, because this movie has left me speechless. The first word I think of to apply to it is beautiful - not beautiful in any ordinary sense, just exquisitely beautiful movie-making.

Paper tells a thoroughly believable story of very ordinary people - people who feel to me like family and friends even though theirs is a nation and a culture and a language about as far from mine as possible - ordinary people just like me, in unbelievably extraordinary and terrifying circumstances. And yet it is a true story, and what is even more amazing: it FEELS true. Watching it is as close to living it, as close to actually myself BEING one of the characters on screen, as I have ever experienced while watching any movie in the 55+ years I have been watching movies.

This is a great work of art, and an important aspect of its greatness is its smallness, its intimacy, its consummate accessibility: the way it draws me INTO itself instead of dazzling me with technology or cinematic trickery. It is simple; it is real; it is harrowing; it is transcendent.

In just over 91 minutes it opens to me an astonishing place called Romania and an astonishingly courageous and beautiful people called Romanians. And after taking my heart and my mind on a journey like none I have ever experienced before, over the end credits plays one of the most beautiful songs ever written sung by one of the greatest singers who ever lived.

I wish I could express more effectively how profoundly I thank God and Radu Muntean for this movie.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

13 October 2006 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR700,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,419
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Multimedia Est See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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