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East/Central European Langauge Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Romanian Titles

Romanian Titles

Amintiri din epoca de aur = Tale from the Golden Age
"The final fifteen years of the Ceausescu regime were the worst in Romania's history. Nonetheless, the propaganda machine of that time relentlessly referred to that period as the country's 'golden age'. Using the moniker as a starting point, Tales from the Golden Age spins the most popular, comic and bizarre urban legends from that harrowing period into a hilariously surreal omnibus film."--Container.

California Dreamin'
"Romania, 1999. As the Kosovo conflict rages, a no-nonsense U.S. military officer leads a platoon of Marines and a shipment of top-secret communications equipment toward a NATO outpost. But when a corrupt stationmaster halts their train, the soldiers find themselves the unexpected guests of an impoverished village filled with stubborn bureaucracy, beguiling young women, and odd pop culture celebrations."

Child's Pose
"A well-to-do Bucharest architect is determined to keep her deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses, and even the victim's family that her son was not recklessly speeding? A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look into the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love."

Cum mi-am petrecut sfârșitul lumii  = The Way I Spent the End of the World
"In 1989, Eva, her little brother Lalalilu, and their parents live in on the outskirts of Bucharest. Seven year old Lalalilu adores his sister, who is 17 and in love for the first time. She and her boyfriend Alexandru Vomicǎ accidentally break Ceausescu's statue while kissing in school. When caught, they are asked to apologize to the student body. Alex's father pressures him to do so but Eva refuses, is expelled, and transfers to technical school. There she meets Andrei, and together they plan to run away, swim the Danube, and escape from Romania. Learning of her plan, mischievous Lalalilu and his loyal group of rebellious friends plot to exact lethal revenge on the dictator Ceausescu for driving his sister away from home."

Eu când vreau sǎ fluier, fluier = If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
"Silviu has only two weeks left before his release from a hostile juvenile detention center. But when his mother, who abandoned him long ago, returns to take his younger brother away--a brother Silviu raised like a son--those two weeks become an eternity. While his outcries for help fall on deaf ears, he is introduced to a beautiful social worker that he can only dream of being close to. Faced with a slew of conflicting emotions and wild with desperation, Silviu is driven to a surprising act of defiance as he makes a last grasp for freedom."

4 luni, 3 săptămâni și 2 zile = 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
"1987, Communist Romania. During the course of one day, Otilia helps her friend and roommate Gabita get a late-term abortion. With abortion, let alone any kind of contraceptive, being illegal, the girls have to use illegal means to acheive their goal. Shows the rough and gritty situation in which the girls, particularly Otilia, must make decisions and deal with their consequences."

Gruber's Journey
"Based on Curzio Malaparte's real wartime experiences chronicled in his 1944 novel Kaputt."

Moartea domnului Lǎzǎrescu  = Death of Mr. Lazarescu
"A 60-ish widower, living alone with his cats, feels sick enough one evening to call an ambulance. This is the beginning of his Dantesque odyssey deep into the bowels of a big city medical establishment as Mr. Lazarescu and his paramedic search for medical care."

Marți, după crăciun = Tuesday, after Christmas
"In the days leading up to Christmas, a married man forces himself to choose between his wife and his mistress. A sharply observed, deeply felt drama, showcasing the strengths of current Romanian cinema in its beautifully calibrated performances, expert craftsmanship, and dazzling technical mastery."

Polițist, adjectiv = Police, adjective
"Cristi is a young undercover cop who undergoes a crisis of conscience when he is pressured to arrest a teenager who offers hash to classmates. Not wanting to ruin the life of a young man he considers merely irresponsible, Cristi must either allow the arrest to weigh on his conscience or face censure by his serious superior, for whom the word 'conscience' has an entirely different meaning."

"In a small community in the Danube Delta that waves between old traditions and new material aspirations, a teenager, Ryna, pays a heavy price in the search for her own identity."

So Bright Is The View
"Estera, a middle class Jewish girl in Bucharest, is expecting a baby and is trying hard to work out some sort of future with her boyfriend Vlad. In israel, her mother has been concealing the truth: she is about to be evidted from her apartment and has not found enough work cleaning buildings. Estera must make a choice: pursue a job in America working for a neaveau riche thug, or join her mother in Israel."

Summer Holiday = Boogie
"During a blissful seaside vacation with his adorable wife and young son, Boogie bumps into his best friends from high school. They soon begin reminiscing about their 'glory days' of drinking binges and outrageous sexual escapades. Frustrated with his job and the constraints of his life, Boogie decides to indulge in one wild night of boozing and chasing women with his old pals. But he soon realizes that a life of marriage, parenthood, and responsibility might be the best fate of all."

12:08 East of Bucharest
"On the sixteenth year anniversary of the fall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, a local anchorman of a nearby provincial town invites two of his acquaintances to share their moments of revolutionary glory on his talk show. One is an impish, insightful retiree who sometimes poses as Santa Claus, the other a henpecked, hard-drinking teacher who has just devoted his entire salary to his drinking debts. Together they will remember the day when they stormed their town hall calling 'down with Ceausescu.' Or did they?"