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Charlie Countryman (2013)

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (original title)
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While travelling abroad, a guy falls for a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in her violent, charismatic ex.

Director:

Fredrik Bond

Writer:

Matt Drake
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shia LaBeouf ... Charlie Countryman
Evan Rachel Wood ... Gabi Ibanescu
Mads Mikkelsen ... Nigel
Til Schweiger ... Darko
Rupert Grint ... Karl
James Buckley ... Luc
Ion Caramitru ... Victor Ibanescu
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Bill
Melissa Leo ... Kate
Andrei Finti ... Bela
Aubrey Plaza ... Ashley
Lachlan Nieboer ... Ted
Vanessa Kirby ... Felicity
Gabriel Spahiu ... Taxi Driver
Bogdan Farkas Bogdan Farkas ... Hostel Clerk (as Bodgan Farcas)
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Storyline

When his late mother appears in a vision and tells him to go to Bucharest, Charlie immediately boards a plane across the Atlantic. But when he meets a fellow passenger, Charlie finds himself with another promise to fulfil. Charlie does so - and falls head over heels in love with Gabi, a beautiful musician. However, a vicious gangster has already laid claim to Gabi, and has no intention of letting her go. Determined to protect her, Charlie enters into the hallucinatory, Romanian underworld filled with violence and, strangely enough, love. Features an all-star cast including Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, and Rupert Grint.

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The only way to save the one you love, is to die


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some brutal violence, language throughout, sexuality/nudity, and drug use. | See all certifications »

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Was critically panned at its Sundance world premiere. After heavy edits, its new cut became a cult classic with critics and fans of Shia LaBeouf. See more »

Goofs

As Gabi is explaining how she met Nigel, Charlie is wearing a dark sport coat. By the time she is done, Charlie is no longer wearing the coat. See more »

Quotes

Nigel: Enjoy your new mates and your recreational drugs and the rest of it while you can. God knows it can all turn into blood in a blink of an eye.
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Connections

References Casino Royale (2006) See more »

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Written by Ashley Elaine Restivo and Alex Greggs
Performed by Audrey Napoleon
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Unlikely love story with good twist
17 February 2014 | by viceroy_88See all my reviews

Protagonists Shia LeBeouf - the stuttering Transformers boy - supported by Evan Rachel Wood, and antagonists Mads Mikkelsen and Til Schweiger, also with Rupert Grint (Harry Potter's Ron Weasley).

Poster, cast, trailer, and IMDb good rating were what made me watch this indie movie which I usually don't give an interest. Interesting poster art with 90-degree orientation, sharp stare, beautiful colors, and Evan Rachel Wood's face lurking back behind LeBeouf's face. The poster reminds me of Limitless, which tells us a story about a kind of drug that maximizes your brain capacity.

But the story is different than Limitless. The only same thing is the pupil on the poster. If in Limitless the pupil portrays a brilliant mind after consuming NZT, here it depicts hallucinations. The love story is unlikely, a blind act of love with courage to take unknown risks.

The movie has several draggy parts, a little bit of action during the last 15 minutes, a bit of funny/corny scenes, and a particular twist at the end which successfully upped my personal rating about this movie.

The cinematography was good, showing a little view of Bucharest painted with interesting colors, and accompanied by good soundtracks. The acting is good too, I like Evan Rachel Wood's Russioan accent even though I don't know whether people in Romania use that accent. LeBeouf also seems to gave his all despite his stuttering. Not forgetting the antagonists that gives a scary impression.

It felt like watching a movie based on a graphic novel. Those who loves indie movies should see this.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Romania

Language:

English | Romanian

Release Date:

13 September 2013 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Countryman See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,973, 17 November 2013

Gross USA:

$11,650

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$443,990
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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