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Pa-ra-da (2008)

The film tells the true story of French clown Miloud Oukili from his arrival in Romania in 1992 (three years after the fall of Ceausescu) to his encounter with the street children of ... See full summary »

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Marco Pontecorvo
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Credited cast:
Jalil Lespert Jalil Lespert ... Miloud
Evita Ciri Evita Ciri ... Livia
Gabi Rauta Gabi Rauta ... Mihai
Patrice Juiff Patrice Juiff ... Stephane
Daniele Formica ... Don Guido
Robert Valeanu Robert Valeanu ... Cristi
Cristina Nita Cristina Nita ... Tea
Liviu Bituc Liviu Bituc ... Mosu
Florin Precup Florin Precup ... Vlad
Andreea Perminov Andreea Perminov ... Alina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruno Abraham-Kremer Bruno Abraham-Kremer ... Ambassador
Georgiana Anghel Georgiana Anghel ... Maria
Iulian Bucur Iulian Bucur ... Constantin
Gabriel Huian Gabriel Huian ... Viorel
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The film tells the true story of French clown Miloud Oukili from his arrival in Romania in 1992 (three years after the fall of Ceausescu) to his encounter with the street children of Bucharest, known as «boskettari» who live in the streets and sleep in Bucharest's sewers, eking a living out of petty crime, begging, and prostitution. Miloud wants to meet these neglected kids, turned into a quasi-feral state by their tragic past and ravaged by physical and sexual abuse and drug addiction, and shine some light in their lives. Although his efforts are at first hampered by corrupt and prejudiced Romanian police officers, Miloud will succeed in creating a real circus company with the «boskettari». The street children will perform in Bucharest’s main square, proving the world that they are not rejects but human beings. Written by Vice-4

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Italy | France | Romania

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Romanian | French | Italian

Release Date:

7 May 2009 (Argentina) See more »

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Clown See more »

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Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Panorama Films,Yalla Film See more »
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A tribute to life and love
31 December 2008 | by Max_cinefilo89See all my reviews

When director Marco Pontecorvo, son of the more famous Gillo Pontecorvo, presented this film at numerous festivals (starting with Venice), he revealed that it took nearly seven years to make the movie because of funding issues, but also due to his day job as a cinematographer (his most notable effort is a few episodes of the HBO show Rome). Nevertheless, he refused to give up, much like the protagonist of Pa-ra-da, a moving true story of kindness prevailing against all odds.

The title derives from an organization that takes care of street kids in Romania. Actually, the organization didn't exist during the time-span covered in the film, but the seeds of its genesis can be seen very clearly in the efforts of Miloud (Jalil Lespert), clown of French origin, and his friends. What the young man discovers in Bucarest is a shocking reality: thirteen-year old boys and girls who steal, do drugs, live in the sewers and even have to deal with the occasional abortion or two. It's a grim situation, and Miloud, ever the optimist, vows to do everything in his power to make sure those children can have a better future.

The movie was shot on location, in the same places where the real Miloud had been (Pontecorvo said they literally followed his footsteps), and given the director's inexperience (this is his feature debut), a documentary-style approach was thought to be the ideal solution. It works splendidly, the hand-held cameras and the blatantly unprofessional but intense acting merging in a picture that paints a dramatic but ultimately uplifting portrait of life and its various aspects, both positive and negative. It's a tribute to imagination, freedom and the dream of happiness, all of which are conveyed through an inspired, inspiring film that marks the beginning of what could be a very promising new career for Pontecorvo. As long as it doesn't take him seven years for the next movie too, that is.


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