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The Way I Spent the End of the World-Movie Review 05/13/2011

Posted by Films to consider in Drama, Light Drama, Movies, Romanian language film.
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The Way I Spent the End of the World (Romanian) 2005

Official Selection, Toronto; Venice; Berlin Film Festivals
Winner, Un Certain Regard, Best Actress (Petre), Cannes Film Festival
Winner, International Filmmakers Award, Sundance/HDK
Winner, Youth Jury Award (Mitulescu)

From Film Movement
Directed by Catalin Mitulescu
Starring Doroteea Petre and Timotei Duma

Set in Bucharest during the last days of the Ceausescu regime in 1989.

When strong-willed Eva gets expelled from school and sent to a reformatory, she meets Andrei, a boy who is determined to flee the regime. She agrees to leave with him. Lalalilu, Eva’s little brother, who frequently gets sick with fevers, sets in motion his plan to kill Ceausescu, whom he blames for Eva’s leaving and for all the family’s troubles.

Although the surrounding subject matter is serious, the film has a whimsical and dreamlike quality, the world as seen through the eyes of a seven year old boy.

106 min.

Ryna-Movie Review 09/19/2010

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Ryna (Romanian) 2006

Official Selection at a variety of film festivals as well as:
Winner, Best Film Award, Cinema Tout Ecran Film Festival
Best Debut, Transilvania International Film Festival
Special Jury Award, Ruxandra Zenide (director); Doroteea Petre (actress), Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival

Directed by Ruxandra Zenide
Starring Doroteea Petre as Ryna

An abusive and controlling father treats his lovely young daughter Ryna as if she were a boy, the son he always wanted to have, training her to work on cars with him. She longs to experience the world and dreams about becoming a photographer. He makes her keep her hair cut short and wear work overalls instead of pretty clothes.

Eventually the father’s behavior forces Ryna’s mother to leave for Bucharest where she hopes to make a better life for her daughter. Ryna is forced to stay behind and her father makes an incredibly selfish and intolerable decision.

The accolades for director and actress are well deserved. I believe Petre was in her early twenties when Ryna was filmed (she was born in 1981), but she plays a 16 year-old girl quite convincingly. She also appears in The Way I Spent the End of the World.

94 min. Unrated. Adult themes.