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Silent Wedding (2008)

Nunta muta (original title)
In a small isolated village, in 1953, a wedding is interrupted by the news about the death of Stalin. Because any public celebration is forbidden, they decide to turn the happy event into a silent wedding.

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Horatiu Malaele
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meda Andreea Victor ... Mara
Alexandru Potocean ... Iancu
Valentin Teodosiu Valentin Teodosiu ... Grigore Aschie
Alexandru Bindea Alexandru Bindea ... Gogonea
Ioana Anastasia Anton Ioana Anastasia Anton ... Smaranda
Luminita Gheorghiu ... Fira
Dan Condurache ... Mardare
Serban Pavlu ... Coriolan
Victor Rebengiuc ... Grandpa
Tamara Buciuceanu-Botez Tamara Buciuceanu-Botez ... Grandma
Tudorel Filimon Tudorel Filimon ... Haralambie
George Ivascu ... Communist Agitator
George Mihaita ... Gogonea Jr.
Doru Ana Doru Ana ... Cârnu
Mihai Constantin Mihai Constantin ... Godfather
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The enigmatic mayor of a deserted village somewhere in Romania commissions a small film crew specialised in unexplained paranormal phenomena to make a brief documentary on his village, just before the upcoming elections. Pretty soon, their hopes will be fulfilled, as the crew witness strange sightings of women dressed in black lurking in the ruins, and eerie apparitions of a creepy woman in white that send shivers down the spine. What grievous event deserted this once-peaceful and colourful village; moreover, did it have something to do with Stalin's death? But, above all, is the mayor hiding something? Written by Nick Riganas

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Si Întunericul A Venit De La Rasarit... (And Darkness Came From The East...) See more »


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Country:

Romania | Luxembourg | France

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

21 November 2008 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Wedding See more »

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€1,500,000 (estimated)
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(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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At about 1:19, the following is written: "Sa Întâmplat În România În Anului 1953." It literally means: "It Happened In Romania Of 1953." See more »

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Paranormal Reporter: Ladies and gentlemen. As usual, we find ourselves in a strange place. There was a village here before it was swept off by the communists. This factory was built in its place. But it's not the factory that interests us. We want to uncover the story behind the disappearance of this village.
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Surprisingly good
15 November 2008 | by Mihnea_aka_PitbullSee all my reviews

The script is full of good ideas and intentions, all in all about half-fulfilled: the story-line is somewhat linear, and lacking many of the important joints of a well articulated scenario - but, on the positive side, it's entertaining and rich in content, able to combine into a well balanced recipe the tragedy and comedy.

To my extremely agreeable surprise, Horatiu proved himself a true director. All his hesitations and uncertainties are of the "inherent to a debut" type - and remarkably few in number. Definitely, he shows a good critical sense, trimming away many of the script's faults, or even speculatively converting them into positive qualities. Further, he has a powerful visual sense, and a solid capacity of synthesis.

One has commented about the movie's "theatralism" - it deliberately departs realism, by recourse to many stylish exaggerations, significant and expressive as such, but of an unlikelihood bordering impossibility. So it is, but this seeming failure remained only one step away of being converted into what it actually purported to be: a daring mean of expression, in the best vein of elaborated style. It would have been enough to insist a bit more on the present-day mayor's narrative about the depicted happenings, stressing the fact that everything is seen through the distorting lens of one's own affective memory.

Still, it's undeniable that Horatiu creates a world of its own, bringing it to focus with extreme expressiveness... It's hard to forget the tasteful beauty of the erotic scenes - topped by the splendid image of Meda Victor being literally "drowned in wheat" by Alex Potocean's thrusts. And the top-scene, the "Mute Wedding" itself, arrives to be a successful tour de force. Definitely, it's a movie to be seen - and savored with relish.


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