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Closer to the Moon (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, 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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Credited cast:
... Alice
... Max Rosenthal
... Virgil
... Lidia
... Holban
... Razvan
... Iorgu
... Flaviu
... Prosecutor
... Sonia
... Gogo
... Dumi
Frances Cuka ... Sarah
John Henshaw ... Judge
... Agent
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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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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 »

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Title Card: During World War II, the anti-Nazi resistance in Romania was mainly organized by the Communist Party.
Title Card: A number of young Jews joined the cause, believing their freedom would come from the Soviet Union.
Title Card: The Red Army didn't free, but enslaved the country, along with the whole Eastern and Central Europe. An iron-fist regime was installed.
Title Card: Former Jewish partisans became part of the governing elite.
Title Card: Their positions started to erode until, by the last years of the 50's, they were being systematically ...
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) 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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Deja vu background on an aberrantly recurrent theme by Romanian directors
24 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Almost all high-rate Romanian directors have a somewhat perverted fetish about Communist Romania stories. That being said, if you've seen a Romanian movie from the 2000's until present day, in over 90% of the cases it's some story set in Communist Romania,and how bad it was and how people where so against it all. Nothing further from the truth! All of these stories are filled with one-sided prejudice opinions and resemble the directors view of the world, in most cases conservatives and Christian-democrats with strong rejection of anything left-wing and progressive. So, this movie isn't any different from all the other famed movies our directors have launched in the past years about pre-1989 Romania. The Ioanid gang, who where a bunch of superficial silly Bonn vivers on film where in fact a gang of guys (and a girl) with no ideological stance to their continuous dissidence before the WWII and afterwards. They where acting against the regimes only for the fun of it, for the adventurous filling of being in contradiction with those in power , not because they opposed Nazism and Communism as ideologies. They where Jews, who where oppressed by the Romanian Nazi collaborators and afterwards resented by the same Romanian Nazi collaborators(fascist legionnaires disguised in Communists and Bolsheviks as Romanian Iron Guard followers where to do after Germany lost the war) wrapped in the red flag of Communism. All in all the actors played their parts well, as they are professionals. But the storytelling, the way Caranfil romanticized a bunch of fools is not to my taste. As a different approach by our distinguished directors, I'd like to see a movie about the atrocities committed in the years when fascists where in power in Romania, when our honorable King Carol II imposed his dictatorial regime banning parties and letting the legionnaires from the Iron Guard rise to power. But there is no real interest. It is more comfortable to pick the same over done subject of Communist Romania. My advice to you after seeing this artistic movie is to see the real reenactment "propaganda" movie made by the authorities in 1960. It's with the real participants and has a better way to sticking to facts as they occurred.


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