7.3/10
141
1 user 10 critic

Cinema, mon amour (2015)

Every cinema has a story - a tale of loneliness, friendship, hope and unfulfilled dreams.

Director:

Alexandru Belc
Reviews
3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Cornelia Chelmu Cornelia Chelmu ... Self
Lorena Cosau Lorena Cosau ... Self
Gheorghe Purice Gheorghe Purice ... Self
Victor Purice Victor Purice ... Self
Learn more

More Like This 

Collective (2019)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens.

Director: Alexander Nanau
Stars: Razvan Lutac, Mirela Neag, Catalin Tolontan
Umbre (TV Series 2014)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Relu is a family man. He has two children, a wife, and a double life. Seen through the eyes of his family, Relu Oncescu appears to be an ordinary taxi driver. No one suspects that Relu ... See full summary »

Stars: Serban Pavlu, Maria Obretin, Andreea Vasile
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

In Petrila, a Romanian mining town, an ex-miner uses art and absurdism in a struggle to keep history alive.

Director: Andrei Dascalescu
Stars: Ion Barbu, Catalin Cenusa, Mihai Barbu
Parking (2019)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Adrian is a poor Romanian writer trying to make it in Spain, while grappling with the prejudices that are inflicted both upon and by him. An unabashed romantic with a temper to boot, he ... See full summary »

Director: Tudor Giurgiu
Stars: Mihai Smarandache, Belén Cuesta, Ariadna Gil
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Adi (40), a shy and introverted anthropologist, who got recently dumped by his girlfriend, moves to Ferentari, the poorest and most notorious neighborhood of Bucharest. He wants to write a ... See full summary »

Director: Ivana Mladenovic
Stars: Dan Bursuc, Sorin Cocis, Cezar Grumazescu
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A prosecutor, policemen and teacher bring the students Vuica and Nicu to a restaurant to re-enact their drunken brawl there, and have it filmed to show the effects of alcoholism.

Director: Lucian Pintilie
Stars: George Constantin, Emil Botta, George Mihaita
Legacy (2019)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Anton, a famous pianist, is missing. The policeman who takes over the case gradually learns about the artist's troubled destiny, his bizarre relationships and the decisions that triggered a... See full summary »

Director: Dorian Boguta
Stars: Mãdãlina Ghenea, Dragos Bucur, Teodor Corban
Carturan (2019)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

With little time to live, Carturan, a 60 year old man, tries to fix the most important aspects of his life.

Director: Liviu Sandulescu
Stars: Teodor Corban, Dana Dogaru, Cristina Flutur
Heidi (2019)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the Outskirts of Bucharest, in an area he's known all his life, near 60s Police officer Visoiu is given the mission to find two prostitutes that are willing to testify in an organized crime case.

Director: Cãtãlin Mitulescu
Stars: Gheorghe Visu, Catalina Mihai, Bogdan Dumitrache
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two girls begin to chat about another girl, a former lover of both. As they grow closer, the gap between them widens, as one them is looking for answers and love while safely closeted. A ... See full summary »

Director: Bogdan Theodor Olteanu
Stars: Silvana Mihai, Florentina Nastase, Denisse Moise
Edit

Storyline

Cinema, Mon Amour follows the story of Viktor Purice - manager, former projectionist and lifetime cinephile and his two loyal employees, Cornelia & Lorena, in their everyday battle to preserve Dacia Panoramic Cinema in Piatra Neamt - one of the last remaining cinemas in Romania today. Having lived through "the golden age" of cinema, Viktor dreams of bringing back the good old glory days, yet struggles to keep up with the new harsh reality. In a theater that lacks heating and is slowly falling apart, with no support from the State who owns the place, it's almost a Don Quixote fight. Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

hope | See All (1) »

Genres:

Documentary

User Reviews

 
Or Existential Limbo
9 August 2016 | by tributarystuSee all my reviews

As a topic for contemplation, the decay and dissolution of the Romanian landscape of movie theaters runs deep. Once a sort of burgeoning socialist arrangement for communist propaganda, less than ten percent of the theaters functional before the 1989 Revolution are still in use today. In larger cities, they have been replaced by multiplexes, a convenient mixture of commercialism and, often, more commercialism. These are, at least, solid venues to go to and enjoy a movie every now and again.

Cinema, mon amour is an ode to times gone by, relating to multiplexes like an art-house picture to a blockbuster. It tells the tale of Cinema Dacia and its manager, Victor Purice, a seemingly passionate and expansive individual. With limited support from the owners of past state-run cinemas, Romania Film, he, alongside the staff of two (maybe three) of the cinema, do their best to keep the movies running in Piatra Neamt. The documentary doesn't so much build a story arc, as it tries to be an exploration of need and improvisation. As such, we mostly follow Purice around in his day to day duties and musings, in somewhat too fervent of an admiration for the man to feel at ease. But the fact remains that Dacia is an exception rather than the rule, to some degree due to the personal efforts of Mr. Purice.

There are fascinating moments throughout Cinema, mon amour - usually details, more than overt exposition elements. For example, the staff of the cinema takes a lunch break at one point and you see them use movie posters as table cloth. Or as Mr. Purice is explaining one thing or another inside the projection room, the walls are filled not only with traditional posters (Speed seems to have been particularly popular), but also with playboy-esque centrefolds. Moreover, the level of improvisation required to keep the location running is equally fascinating and disturbing. It's a matter of folklore that Romanians are great at "making whip out of crap", but Cinema, mon amour really captures the essence of it as Mr. Purice creates a make-shift heating installation under the seating arrangement - a health and safety red flag if there ever was one. But it works, and alongside another heater, blankets and hot tea, the cinema keeps running through the harsh winters of Eastern Romania.

The documentary ultimately portrays a failing business, yet never takes the time to question this matter much. It stays romantic all the way through, not once really delving into why there is no niche in Romania for local cinemas (hell, for local culture in general). It's something worth discussing, because there is interest in movies and there's even interest in some less mainstream movies - this very projection took place at a festival showing such pictures and you'll find weekly movie screenings in cafes and pubs throughout the city (all free entry, though). Looking beyond these macro-issues, I would suggest that most local cinemas like Dacia fail not only because of their decrepit infrastructure, but because they are stuck in time. The movies they show often target similar audiences to the multiplexes and the staff, as portrayed here as well, have been working in the same places for decades. Most of these cinemas don't only feel cold, they are cold - and lifeless. Having frequently visited a local cinema in my hometown, run by the same company, the borderline untenable conditions are similar, yet I have never seen an authority figure outside the two joyless cashiers.

Mr. Purice, who seems to make some difference in Piatra Neamt, is a solitary figure. More so, while there are some endearing moments, the over-reliance on his charisma wore me out by the end of the documentary. And certain scenes feel off, like one in which he returns from a visit to a cinema in Germany, apparently ready to give up, accepting the futility of it all, only to argue himself out of it in the spirit of unity with his passive and subservient staff. Perhaps I'm being harsh, but I felt Mr. Purece to be rather condescending and overbearing, whichever his other merits might be.

My cynicism notwithstanding, Cinema, mon amour is a story I do care for very much. It does not flesh out its subject matter enough and bets the house on how its 'lead' will appeal to the viewer, yet it also has enough character to be authentic and relevant. The ideal meta experience, of course, is to watch the movie at Cinema Dacia - so there it is, a goal for life.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Romania | Czech Republic

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

October 2015 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinéma, mon Amour See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$704
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed