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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 »


Toma Enache
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Credited cast:
Alin Ailioaiei ... Gardian 4
Teodora Calagiu Garofil ... Doctor Batu
Ioachim Ciobanu ... Jurganu
Csaba Ciugulitu Csaba Ciugulitu ... Falca
Victoria Cocias ... Doctor 1
Constantin Cotimanis Constantin Cotimanis ... Ciumau (Prison Commander)
Ion Dichiseanu ... General Jibolschi
Toma Enache ... Toni film director
Kira Hagi ... Tana
Ciprian Nicula Ciprian Nicula ... Iancu Caraman
Iany Panait Iany Panait ... Hrista Zaruha
Ana Parvu Ana Parvu ... Lia
Vali Popescu Vali Popescu ... Tase Caraman
Bogdan Salceanu Bogdan Salceanu ... Stefan Maris
Remus Stanescu ... Poet Mihai Inge


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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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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vibe in the air
15 October 2019 | by arosu-95166See all my reviews

Maybe my rating is due to the fact that I watched this movie at the inauguration, where the actors were present in Timisoara. It made me feel very impressed about what this movie had to show to the world, how bad the communism was in Romania. I wish I could understand more of the dialog, but the sound was bad in Romanian, so an additional subtitle might help the viewer to understand it.

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