California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit) (Endless) (2007)
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Romanian director Cristian Nemescu's comedy California Dreamin' (aka Nesfarsit, 2007) unfolds against the backdrop of the Kosovo War, circa 1999. A NATO train rolls through a Romanian hamlet, transporting a plethora of weapons across the country -- without official documents, and equipped only with the verbal consent of the Romanian authorities. The transport thus grows intensely vulnerable to the locals -- particularly the corrupt head of the railway station, who moonlights as a mobster and
May 26, 2007 Wide
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It could use a trim, but only rarely does it strain for effect, and, for a young man, Nemescu was uncannily versed in the emotions of middle age.
For now at least, we have to be content with this pleasing comedy in search of an editor.
California Dreamin' is a rambunctious, closely observed comedy of cultural collision.
A deft fable that maps global concerns onto a local story with confidence and wit.
At its present length it sprawls shamelessly in terms of the ultimate futility of its narrative.
Nemescu's promising young voice will be sorely missed, not only in Romanian cinema but also on the international scene.
A sharp-edged socio-political satire that clearly lets Americans know how they are viewed abroad by foreigners.
A solid film that reminds us of how America is perceived throughout the world, and what a loss it was that director Nemescu died so young.
California Dreamin' mostly observes a series of complicated personal interactions, its point helped along by Doiaru's speeches concerning the ongoing American failure even to try to comprehend the populations it invades, assimilates, abuses, and buys off.
"Occasionally drags and slightly overstays its welcome, but still it's mostly intriguing and intelligent.
Another rewarding dark satire from Romania, the feature debut of a director who died tragically young.
What surprises and delights is how complete the work feels, finished in every way aesthetically and thematically, any longueurs or asides entirely part of Nemescu's indelible emotional tapestry.
[It] could do with some editing (indeed, the parenthetical in the title refers to its unshaped state), but there's just as little doubt that Nemescu's work is pretty worthy as is.
Engaging, impressively directed and ultimately devastating drama with strong performances and a powerful political message.
As it looks now, the film lacks any pace to speak of, but much more serious are the absence of a distinct narrative style and an abundance of hesitant directorial decisions, badly in need of an editing table, if the plot has to make sense at all.
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