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Romulus, My Father (2007)

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It tells the story of Romulus, his beautiful wife, Christina, and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond. It is a story of impossible love that ultimately celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son.

Director:

Richard Roxburgh

Writers:

Nick Drake, Raimond Gaita (memoir)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Bana ... Romulus Gaita
Franka Potente ... Christina Gaita
Marton Csokas ... Hora
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Raimond Gaita
Russell Dykstra ... Mitru
Jacek Koman ... Vacek
Alethea McGrath Alethea McGrath ... Mrs. Lillie
Terry Norris Terry Norris ... Tom Lillie
Esme Melville Esme Melville ... Miss Collard
Nick Peace Nick Peace ... Teacher
Geoffrey Graham Geoffrey Graham ... Man in Cafe
Trevor Nesbitt Trevor Nesbitt ... Man in Cafe
Zoe Boesen Zoe Boesen ... Young Woman in Cafe
Briega Young Briega Young ... Young Woman in Cafe
Laurie Jensen Laurie Jensen ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

Raimond Gaita (1946 - ) comes of age in Frogmore, Victoria in the early 1960s. His parents are immigrants: his Romanian father farms; his German mother, Christina, estranged from Romulus, is in Melbourne. Romulus is near despair when she takes up with the brother of his best friend, who suggests he send for a new wife from back home. For Rai, poverty, bruises, and the mysterious ways of adults compete with his longing for a stable home and his own incipient puberty. Love and madness lie in the same bed. As an old woman tells Rai, "Sometimes what you reckon and what you get ain't the same thing." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Bond Between a Father and His Son Can Never Be Broken

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

31 May 2007 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Babam Romulus See more »

Filming Locations:

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,791, 2 March 2008

Gross USA:

$2,791
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arenafilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

First film for both Kodi Smit-McPhee and directorial debut for Richard Roxburgh (though he has previously worked as a theater director). See more »

Goofs

The black eye and cut on Christina's face changes in different shots. See more »

Quotes

Raimond: Excuse me, who was that singing?
[indicates gramophone]
Girl on the porch: Jerry Lee Lewis. They call him the Killer.
Raimond: Why?
Girl on the porch: Because he kills people I guess.
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Connections

Referenced in Rolf De Heer (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Real Wild Child
Written by Johnny Greenan, Johnny O'Keefe and Dave Owen
Performed by Jerry Lee Lewis
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Australian cinema tour de force within a modest, yet unpleasant display
22 September 2008 | by CihanVercanSee all my reviews

A broken family have a growing boy at his early teenage years and have no sense of responsibility to grow a child. Considering that both mother and the father is uneducated and clueless, they live in a farm before the World War II; we still have no idea upon why they ruin a child's life making a havoc of his psychology.

Proved by adversity the family have nothing to distinguish their boy, nor to give anything to make him happy, nor to teach him anything precisely good. Father gets to figure out that the kid needs a college education, and sends him to a college. Then after the suicide of the mother, the boy gets closer to his father. A happy ending occurs and mops up all the pain and unpleasant situations out of the movie, and hopefully out of the boy's memory. Thus, his father taught him one thing, a very important one, how to be patient of adversity.

For a tough story to put on silver screen, the actors' performances are somewhat exhilarating; and that's the mainspring to tolerate this movie. Within low-budget movies with no technical endeavors, if you like to witness a modest triumph of a child, much better than My Father Romulus, I advise you to watch "I am David".


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