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The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006)

Cum mi-am petrecut sfârsitul lumii (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 30 August 2006 (France)
In communist era Romania, people live with hope for a new life of freedom.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorotheea Petre ... Eva Matei - a seventeen-year-old girl
Timotei Duma ... Lalalilu 'Lali' Matei - Eva's little brother
Ioan Albu Ioan Albu
Sergiu Anghel Sergiu Anghel ... The headmaster
Adrian Bulboaca Adrian Bulboaca ... The second guitarist
Ion Carangea Ion Carangea
Jean Constantin Jean Constantin ... Uncle Floricã
Mircea Diaconu ... Grigore Matei - Eva and Lali's father
Bogdan Dumitrache ... The doctor
Liviu Fister Liviu Fister
John Maldea John Maldea
Adrian Nicolae Adrian Nicolae ... The first guitarist
Stellan Nicolae Stellan Nicolae ... Llotari curta nea Tei
Vasile Nicolae Vasile Nicolae ... Llotari curta nea Tei
Cristian Nicolaie Cristian Nicolaie ... Nucu
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Bucharest 1989 - the last year of Ceausescu's dictatorship. Eva lives with her parents and her 7 year old brother, Lalalilu. One day at school, Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of Ceausescu. They are forced to confess their crime before a disciplinary committee and Eva is expelled from school and transferred to a reformatory establishment. There she meets Andrei, and decides to escape Romania with him. Lalalilu becomes convinced that Ceausescu is the main reason for Eva's decision to leave. So with his friends from school he devises a plan to kill the dictator. Written by Erin

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Romanian

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30 August 2006 (France) See more »

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€1,500,000 (estimated)
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Best European Project Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. See more »

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The end scenes shows Eva on board a ship, the "Prinsendam" of the HAL (Holland America Line). However, historically the HAL has had two ships of that name, the first one tragically sank of the coast of Alaska in 1980, thankfully without casualties. The second ship of that name only joint HAL in 2002, before that it was know as the "Royal Viking Sun" since it's birth in 1988. In the period Eva supposedly received the letter from her younger brother there was no ship with that name. See more »

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"our country is our country" says the song from the music class :)
5 April 2007 | by IllymoviesSee all my reviews

I have seen this movie recently, and it wasn't bad. I was amused by some of the comments made on this site about the movie, like the one disappointed viewer that said "I'm not a fan of Balkan or gypsy music and especially not a fan of national anthems". From some of the comments you would think this movie was a musical. No, it contains very little music, and it is often obligatory to sing the national anthem at school, especially during communism, so it is not something you like or no, it is something that you do.

I understand that the title may be misleading, that one may expect something else, and especially if you are not Romanian, you may not "feel" the movie very well. One viewer that posted a comment said he was confused about the story line, that there was no plot, but only events and people that didn't make sense. I found the story line quite simple, and I found the so called mystery of it to be necessary. It made everything seem as if it was somebody's experience and not real events. I don't know how others found the camera work, some complained that there were objects in front of the camera that seemed carelessly done. I thought the camera work was like that on purpose. Again, for me, it was as if somebody was observing all this in a certain way, and thus the camera tried to adjust to it, to make it more into an experience rather than a clear cut picture. I expected myself the movie to be more about the actual revolution. However, this movie is not about the Romanian revolution as the events of the story only culminate in the revolution at the very end of the movie. The end of the world rather, contains of months that were spend before the revolution, and I think captures well the hopelessness of everything, and the feelings that something is about to come to an end, to change somehow. Thus, those sad months are the so called end of the world, and the end of the movie is a new start.

Last thing to mention was also that this movie does not offer a global view of Romania or of Bucharest or the Romanian Revolution. The story only centers around one family, and their situation, fears, friends, etc. Thus, restricting the story to such a small scale might make viewing harder especially for non-Romanians. Even for some Romanians it may seem pointless to watch this family for the duration of the movie. However, for others like myself, you may find that the story was nicely told, the characters were well portrayed and that the movie was well done. One can argue that it is not perfect, and that it could have been this and that, but generally I thought it was very nice to see.


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