Once upon a time, during WWII, somewhere in Nazi occupied Romania, a night of comic misadventures ensues when a boy discovers a dead soldier. The German authorities demand that the perpetrator must be identified or the town leaders will be shot the following morning. In their desperation, led by Father Johanis (Harvey Keitel), their salvation seems to lie in convincing the town "fool", Ipu (Gérard Depardieu), to agree to confess, and save them all with his sacrifice. The comedy and darker sides of human nature race toward the deadline where one cannot help but wonder who, in fact, is the actual "fool"?Written by
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Family Film, the producers of this movie made significant changes to the final edit, angering Director Bogdan Dumitrescu and his cast. Gérard Depardieu wrote an open letter saying: "I do not accept compromises, I do not like to be fooled". He backed Dumitrescu, who said that the producers are breaking contractual agreements, and did not have copyright over the film's script. In his letter, Depardieu further said he enjoyed making the film and working in Romania with the local actors and actresses. The main problems resulted apparently from the producers' attempts to secure U.S. distribution. To achieve this, the film had been given a happy Hollywood ending and, according to Depardieu, lost the "poetry" of the original version. The film finally premiered in 2013 in Romania with all of the main cast members and the director absent from the opening ceremony. See more »
The great Depardieu in a simple parable. It may not be earth-shattering but it is affecting and Depardieu is touching as the village idiot. I had to re-assess it after learning of the cast's dissatisfaction with the changes made afterwards, especially the ending. I was expecting a different ending and the original one was necessary to make the parable complete.
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