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Between Pain and Amen (2019)

A young composer and double bass virtuoso, who returns to Romania after studying in Vienna, is arrested by the political police soon after getting engaged and taken to the Pitesti prison, ... See full summary »

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Toma Enache
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Cast

Credited cast:
Vali Popescu Vali Popescu ... Tase Caraman
Constantin Cotimanis Constantin Cotimanis ... Ciumau (Prison Commander)
Kira Hagi ... Tana
Ana Parvu Ana Parvu ... Lia
Ioachim Ciobanu ... Jurganu
Ciprian Nicula Ciprian Nicula ... Iancu Caraman
Csaba Ciugulitu Csaba Ciugulitu ... Falca
Victoria Cocias ... Doctor 1
Teodora Calagiu Garofil ... Doctor Batu
Ion Dichiseanu ... General Jibolschi
Bogdan Salceanu Bogdan Salceanu ... Stefan Maris
Remus Stanescu Remus Stanescu ... Poet Mihai Inge
Toma Enache Toma Enache ... Toni film director
Alin Ailioaiei ... Gardian 4
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cezara Dafinescu Cezara Dafinescu ... Doamna Catran
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A young composer and double bass virtuoso, who returns to Romania after studying in Vienna, is arrested by the political police soon after getting engaged and taken to the Pitesti prison, where a brainwashing and torture-based experiment is under way. The horrible communist experiment, copied after the Soviet model, is headed by the much-feared Ciumau. The composer survives unimaginable torture due to his strong religious belief and composes Ode to God. His music will eventually save his fiancee, Lia.

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Drama | History

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The movie was filmed in an actual prison named Jilava Penitentiary in its old wing Fort 13 where torture and killing happened for real to the prisoners in the communist era. See more »

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Accurate movie. tough to watch
16 November 2019 | by fursecuSee all my reviews

This is a very good Romanian movie, with great cinematography and acting, but also tough to watch by sensitive people, mainly because of explicit violent scenes. If you do a little research about "Pitesti experiment" before you watch this, you will see that the facts are very accurately depicted, and the director captured and presented that horrifying communist prison atmosphere to a level seen only in big budget movies (actually this movie is an independent one, with private funding and was filmed in very harsh conditions - and not a surprise - it was NOT funded by the CNC - Romanian National Cinematography Center because.. "reasons"). In our times, when everything is censored and goes PC, it's a wonder that this got public recognition and won prizes on several film festivals! Kudos to the team that worked on this project, especially to the director that felt it was his duty to create such a gem, and bring a little light and truth about that sad period in our lives. Go watch this!


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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

4 October 2019 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Intre Chin si Amin See more »

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La Steaua Film Studio See more »
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2.35 : 1
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