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Of Snails and Men (2012)

Despre oameni si melci (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 14 September 2012 (Romania)
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The story of one man who tries to save his car factory


Tudor Giurgiu


Ionut Teianu
3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andi Vasluianu ... George
Monica Barladeanu ... Manuela
Dorel Visan ... Vladimir
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Robert
Robinson Stévenin Robinson Stévenin ... Olivier
Andreea Bibiri Andreea Bibiri ... Ana
Ovidiu Crisan Ovidiu Crisan ... Ion
Alina Berzunteanu Alina Berzunteanu ... Carmen
Albert Dima Albert Dima ... Viorel
Valeria Seciu ... Tatiana
Ion Grosu Ion Grosu ... Mirel
Liliana Ghita Liliana Ghita ... Manuela's mother
Clara Voda Clara Voda ... dr. Gina Filip
Alin Panc Alin Panc ... Alin
Sebastian Lupu Sebastian Lupu ... Sebi


The ARO car factory went bankrupt and is about to be privatized in a week. It will be bought by a French company that intends to turn it into a snail farm. The currently factory has 3000 workers and only 300 will keep their jobs. Union leader George (Andi Vasluianu), (Ana's husband, father of Viorel) lives with a modest monthly sum, like all the other workers in the city. Not able to sleep, one night she sees a television commercial about a sperm bank that pays $ 50 for each donation. That's the mad idea to save workplace of his colleagues. If 1,000 workers sell their sperm for a week, they could raise enough money to save the factory from bankruptcy. Written by lament

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Release Date:

14 September 2012 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Calarasi, Romania See more »


Box Office


EUR1,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Maybe the best Romanian movie of the year
3 February 2013 | by simonasidorinSee all my reviews

Well this movie is a good comedy where you really laugh , one thing we Romanians we kind of forgot lately . If retrospectively I look back , the last 23 years I can enumerate the real good Romanian comedies on the fingers of one hand , now in the last couple of years I gotta recognize that they are more than that ; I can add URSUL and BUNA CE FACI ? for example so that is a good sign; we are recovering. What personally I like about this movie that is not only realistically in a funny way but also is full of hope(s) . It's really depicting that start of the 90's when we were in transition (a transition that seems to never end) . They point to a plant in Campulung Muscel : ARO but a whole industry was sabotaged so it can be any plant in Romania that did'nt survive the transition after all.It is so real that I can relate all that is happening in the movie to the plant where I used to work , when George and Manuela are on the roof of the plant I thought that the location is the same with the plant I used to work (sectia FIAT/T38 Motor). Well what do you want ? Nostalgia.I know how is to work in a plant from my own experience , yes people are like that the way they are depicted in this movie. Bravo ! Well done , Tudor Giurgiu !

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