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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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Release Date:

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Director Nae Caranfil on the historical background and his research: "...usually I don't do very much research. I rely on my imagination but this time, I tried to get every bit of information I could. The best thing I did, in a way, was to get hold of some Israeli Romanian language magazines published in Tel Aviv where they made a whole file over three or four editions of the events with people that were remembering things in very different ways. So, I got very different angles on this story and then, aside from the documentary film [Marele jaf comunist (2004)] made by Alexandru Solomon, I saw another documentary film [Reconstruction (2002)] of which nobody knew in Romania, made by the woman's granddaughter [Irene Lusztig]. She's living in New York and she came to Bucharest in 1999 and made a documentary about her grandmother." [2014] 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 12 Angry Men (1957) 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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cheesy
2 December 2015 | by odraghiciSee all my reviews

Just so you know, I am Romanian, and I've lived there before and after 1989. This film is full of historical inaccuracies (except the main subject, the robbery, which indeed took place in 1959). I wanted to leave within 20 minutes, but that would've not been polite towards the other people in the theater, so I put up with it till the end, to my utter despair. It reminded me of commie propaganda, except this one got a mushy Hollywood feel, and is cheesy to the bone. I can't comment on the acting/directing/etc., since I wasn't able to watch it beyond the first half an hour; I was that disgusted with it. I've seen movies by this director, and expected something decent at the very least. It wasn't the case. If you frequently watch Hollywood B movies, then you'll be fine with it. If you prefer intelligent, well articulated movies, don't bother. This is as commercial as it gets. That being said, it's probably not as bad as Titanic (thus a rating of 2 instead of 1).


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