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Moromete Family: On the Edge of Time (2018)

A sequel to The Moromete Family (1987), the tale follows the life of the Moromete family after WWII, with Romania being overpowered by Communism.

Director:

Stere Gulea

Writers:

Stere Gulea, Marin Preda (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Horatiu Malaele Horatiu Malaele ... Ilie Moromete
Iosif Pastina Iosif Pastina ... Niculae
Dana Dogaru Dana Dogaru ... Catrina Moromete
Razvan Vasilescu ... Cocosila
Gheorghe Visu ... Matei Dimir
Oana Pellea ... Fica
Andi Vasluianu ... Vasile al Moasei
Ion Caramitru ... Headmaster
Florin Zamfirescu Florin Zamfirescu ... Tugurlan
George Mihaita ... Aristide
Ioana Bugarin Ioana Bugarin ... Ileana
Paul Ipate ... Paraschiv
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorina Chiriac ... Marioara Bâzdoveica
Toma Cuzin ... Ouabei
Oana Mosneagu ... Vera
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Storyline

A sequel to Romanian cinema's best-known family saga, The Moromete Family (1987), the film continues the tale of Ilie Moromete and his family, this time focusing on his youngest son, Niculae. The entire world order of the village, where the most important thing is to own land and live as a peasant, changes with the Communist regime and their collectivization. The years 1945 to 1946 find Ilie Moromete aging, but still healthy. There are tensions between him and his second wife Catrina and Ilie's children from his first marriage. Niculae is the only one of the children who has gone to school. He's finished three high school years and stopped before the final year, because of the lack of money. What he wants most in this world is to finish his studies. He becomes a journalist and novelist and writes about the changing times he's seen.

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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

16 November 2018 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Morometii 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$904,513
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Director's artistic "sins" affected the saga....
23 December 2018 | by Costin_GaguSee all my reviews

Highly anticipated and greeted with high expectations as well, the movie delivered what it supposed to do... the sequel to the better first part. However, it was a missed chance for the director Gulea to deliver another masterpiece that would have become his artistic testament: a richer post war political context, characters reaching their maturity and a rich artistic potential given by a whole spectrum of directions that the movie could have turn to. However, this was also the pitfall of this movie. The director become artistically greedy trying to cover too much of the artistic scope and did not concentrate on covering well certain aspects that could have defined the movie: transformation of Moromete, the relation with Niculae, his son, the impact of political drama unfolding after the war or the never changing peasant wisdom so well anchored in the Romanian culture. Everyone forgot that the writer main character was the Romanian peasant and his infinite wisdom, portrayed by Moromete and not vice-versa. Gulea choose instead to cover all of themes, resulting in weak presentations of all of them, forging forgettable characters that didn't impress nor amazed the audience, sacrificing art for a social drama documentary and betraying the village for more of a urban context, contrasting with the work of the writer Preda and his intentions... Not to be misunderstood, Gulea is a very good director but he got trapped in by his own ambitions and past. For once, the director knows that this will be his last chance to create something big for cinematography (hope I'am wrong...) and he wanted to do it all in ( a poker metaphor). To exemplify, it came to my mind the just released Polish "Cold War" movie that had a more empowering linear narrative...Secondly, Morometii 2 had become a personal revenge. Gulea's father spent many years in the communist prisons and maybe the director felt the need to dive in the political context as a personal duty. I think that Rebengiuc's choice not to act in the second part was a wise move (Malaele delivered also a solid performance)... wondering if with a different director things would have been different. Overall, the movie is a must see, loved it as it continued the story of my childhood book:) People should not compare this with Nunta Muta, Cel mai iubit dintre pamanteni or Rascoala.... it has a different artistic registry...


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