California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit)
Cert: 15 Year: 2008 Length: 155 mins Language: Romanian
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Score: 70.24% Attendance: 97
Nesfarsit meaning 'unfinished', the tragedy of this film is the death in a Bucharest road accident in August 2006 of the director and his sound editor. Nemescu would probably have trimmed his Kusturica-like feature debut, but it is left in all its glorious original state. We are in rural Romania during the Nato bombing of Yugoslavia, when Americans on a military train find themselves unceremoniously shunted on to the sidings because they lack customs documents. A black Balkan farce ensues as soldiers and townspeople try to fraternise, and the grasping stationmaster spots an opportunity...
Winner, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2007
Spins a complex dark comedy of near-Shakespearean proportions.
ALISSA SIMON, VARIETY
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