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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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Nae Caranfil

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Nae Caranfil
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Credited cast:
Vera Farmiga ... Alice
Mark Strong ... Max Rosenthal
Harry Lloyd ... Virgil
Anton Lesser ... Holban
Tim Plester ... Dumi
Joe Armstrong ... Razvan
Gwyneth Keyworth ... Lidia
Darrell D'Silva ... Minister
Christian McKay ... Iorgu
Martin Hancock ... Prosecutor
Allan Corduner ... Flaviu
John Henshaw John Henshaw ... Judge
Monica Barladeanu ... Sonia
Frances Cuka Frances Cuka ... Sarah
Andrew Buckley ... Gogo
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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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English

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17 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Gang Rosenthala See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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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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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 The Third Man (1949) 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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A group of Romanian communists robs the National Bank. But why?
10 March 2014 | by zoranovSee all my reviews

Unless you have at least some basic knowledge about Communist Romania, this movie might seem very far away from a rating of 10. As the story unraveled, it sucked us into an atmosphere that most of us feel is long gone, and nevertheless, so close to us. It's the period when the first cracks in an apparently perfect egalitarian world started to appear. Robbing a bank with guns in a communist country is like robbing a supermarket of its toilette paper. Money then and there was useless unless you could justify its origin. And that is what makes this story so strange for us. But there are many, many other layers to the story. The cast is great. The historical background is fascinating (at least for us, Romanians). And the cinematography is far above average. This movie was like a breath of fresh air. One full of poisonous gases, as seeing the movie, you will discover that there are many things about the human race that will upset you, but at the same time, air that provokes an uncontrollable laugh. Some people in the audience didn't appreciate the jokes. I did, because I considered it was the only way not to make the most depressing movie in the world. A masterpiece that will most probably be considered as such many years from now, when people will start making movies about our not so egalitarian society.


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