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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 promptly decides to interfere with the shipment.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Cristian Nemescu, Catherine Linstrum, Tudor Voican
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On DVD: May 4, 2010
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Critic Reviews for California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit) (Endless)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2009
New Yorker
Top Critic

For now at least, we have to be content with this pleasing comedy in search of an editor.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

California Dreamin' is a rambunctious, closely observed comedy of cultural collision.

January 23, 2009
New York Times
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At its present length it sprawls shamelessly in terms of the ultimate futility of its narrative.

Full Review… | January 21, 2009
New York Observer
Top Critic

Nemescu's promising young voice will be sorely missed, not only in Romanian cinema but also on the international scene.

Full Review… | October 11, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit) (Endless)

Reviews make this movie sound like a Romanian Kusturica movie, but the truth is that this story about bureaucracy is every bit as dull as its subject: "An astonishing debut feature, Nemescu's bold and brilliant satire has modern-day Romania and US foreign policy firmly in its sights. In 1999, a secret NATO train filled with US Marines is halted by a bolshy local station master-cum-black marketeer. What follows is a rambunctious Balkan farce that shades inexorably into tragedy as the soldiers and the townspeople try to fraternise. A happy outcome was never possible and, as the town implodes, the Americans move blithely on to Kosovo, unaware of the violence they have unleashed. Sadly, this will be Nemescu's only feature, as both he and his sound editor were killed in a car crash while still working on the film." That last sentence may well explain the lack of editing, and sound for that matter...

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer


Interesting tale of culture clash at a Romanian train station linked to historical events. Similar themes to the WWII 'Americans oversexed and overhere' films of the 80's.

Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

An unfinished excellent movie that has nothing less than a finished excellent movie

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

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