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Hawaii (2017)

Hawaii is a story on the struggle of inheriting $3 million in communist-era Romania when owning $1 could mean losing your freedom and touches on the theme of how money could buy if not happiness, at least the freedom to choose unhappiness.

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Jesús del Cerro
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Credited cast:
Dragos Bucur ... Andrei Florescu
Cristina Flutur ... Ioana Balan
Andi Vasluianu ... Scarlat
Constantin Cojocaru Constantin Cojocaru ... Vasile Florescu
Rodica Lazar ... Viorica
Gheorghe Ifrim Gheorghe Ifrim ... Cristian
Gigi Ifrim Gigi Ifrim
Catalin Catoiu ... Lawyer Antonescu
Dragos Sora Dragos Sora ... Agent securitate
Nora Cupcencu Nora Cupcencu ... Tatiana
Christopher Landry Christopher Landry ... US Ambassador Roger Kirk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Codrina Patru Codrina Patru ... Fata
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A drama set in Romania during the Communist era when a family is noticed that they had inherited a valuable land in Hawaii , but in that time just keeping one american dollar bill or having true coffee beans from outside the country was considered a fraud. Written by gaby_raducanu1

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Romanian | English

Release Date:

17 November 2017 (Romania) See more »

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Bucharest, Romania See more »

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$134,438
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Hawaii introduces its viewers into the 1988 Communist Romanian life and it does quite a nice job
29 November 2017 | by florian_floricaSee all my reviews

Jesús del Cerro did an interesting piece of work here with this one. Dramatic and thrilling, but, unfortunately, few moments of originality.

After I watched it, I understood that all of this was made in order to make the ordinary viewer aware of the idea of 1988 Romania, a country where communism was in its final part of life (and glory) and when the entire Romanian people's lives were very difficult to live.

This is the main subject and thanks to the good work of the filming crew and because of the good performance by its actors, Hawaii is a must watch for all Romanian film enthusiasts and also, if you want to live in the 1988 Communist Romanian Bucharest for 216 minutes.

I warmly recommend this film, but they had a lot more to do and they had the potential, this is why I have rated it with a 6.


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