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A Farewell to Fools (2013)

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Once upon a time, during World War II, somewhere in Nazi occupied Romania, a night of comic misadventures ensues when a boy discovers a dead soldier.

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Bogdan Dumitrescu (as Bogdan Dreyer)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Ipu
Harvey Keitel ... Father Johanis
Laura Morante ... Margherita
Bogdan Iancu ... Alex
Alexandru Bindea Alexandru Bindea ... Gossman
Nicodim Ungureanu Nicodim Ungureanu ... Mayor
Gheorghe Visu ... Notary
Hubert Damen Hubert Damen ... Doctor
Adina Cartianu Adina Cartianu ... Clara
Daniela Nane ... Doctor's wife
Gabriela Baluta Gabriela Baluta ... Linda
Andrei Seusan ... Friederich
Dragos Stemate Dragos Stemate ... Policeman 1
Lino Damiani Lino Damiani ... Policeman 2
Iulia Boros Iulia Boros ... Flora
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Storyline

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 monterey media inc.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The man wish of survival against the own death on the background of second W.W.

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Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a violent image and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Romania | Germany | Belgium

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English | German | French

Release Date:

15 March 2013 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Bon Voyage, ihr Idioten See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Budget:

€3,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the time of release, was the most expensive Romanian film since the 1989 revolution, as well as the widest release and the first film remake in the country's history. Coincidentally, director Bogdan Dumitrescu also helmed the country's first film since the revolution, Unde la soare e frig (1991). See more »

Connections

Remake of Then I Sentenced Them All to Death (1972) See more »

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not even comparable to Nicolaescu's original
7 April 2013 | by benke_nandorSee all my reviews

Full of historical errors (they use Cluj's post-communist flag during WW2?) and lacking any of the psychological and dramatic depth of the 1972 version, this film, albeit well shot and edited, is an unnecessary re-adaptation of Popovici's text. Without firm direction and tight script, the only acting to be somewhat appraised, belongs to Mr. Harvey Keitel. Mr. Depardieu only manages to aimlessly wander through his lines, and the changed ending (as by the producers' wishes) just steals what little enjoyment was left in this venture. An interesting take though is to replace the original Romanian pope to a Transylvanian Saxon minister, thus enabling even more historical debate over the subject.


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