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Closer to the Moon (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 17 April 2015 (USA)
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A Romanian police officer teams up with a small crew of old friends from the World War II Jewish Resistance to pull off a heist by convincing everyone at the scene of the crime that they are only filming a movie.

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Nae Caranfil

Writer:

Nae Caranfil
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Alice
Mark Strong ... Max
Harry Lloyd ... Virgil
Anton Lesser ... Holban
Joe Armstrong ... Razvan
Christian McKay ... Iorgu
Tim Plester ... Dumi
Darrell D'Silva ... Minister
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Moritz
Frances Cuka ... Sarah
Marcin Walewski ... Mirel
Allan Corduner ... Flaviu
Monica Barladeanu ... Sonia (as Monica Birladeanu)
Paul Jesson ... Studio Manager
John Henshaw ... Judge
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Bucharest 1959. A spectacular Bank heist has the country in an uproar. In post-war Communist Romania it is an unimaginable slap in the face to the iron fisted authorities. Four men and a woman are arrested, tried, convicted and while waiting for their execution... are forced to star in a propaganda film about the crime. All five protagonists were heroes of the resistance during the Second World War and highly placed members of Romanian society. They clearly knew they would be caught and executed. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

17 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gang Rosenthala See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Prior to filming Closer to the Moon (2014) with Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong played the male lead opposite Farmiga's sister Taissa Farmiga in the film Anna (2013). See more »

Quotes

Moritz: Lord, in thy great bounty, screw the Bolsheviks, give them every disease in the world, ruin them, burn their houses, and send them back to Moscow, Amen.
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

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It's Magic
Music by Sammy Cahn
Lyrics by Jule Styne
Performed by Loredana Groza
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Excellent ! ! !
15 July 2014 | by cekadahSee all my reviews

It is always gratifying to find a film you do not know anything about and it becomes one of your favorite movies.

Director/writer Nae Caranfil has taken an obscure incident in Soviet occupied Romania in the late 1950's and has offered it up to the 21st century cinema to give us a most pertinent message for today's world.

That message is not robbing the bank! The message is to be found in how the system (society) can single out certain groups and marginalize them into committing a desperate act --- and not really have any reason to do this act but to just fight back.

The entire cast is perfect in their individual roles, the script is intelligent, the photography beautiful! This film should a 10 in anyones book!


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