HÓrtia va fi albastr„ (The Paper Will Be Blue) (2006)

HÓrtia va fi albastr„ (The Paper Will Be Blue)


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The December 1989 fall of Communist Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu sets the stage for co-writer/director Radu Muntean's wry action drama following one perplexed militia's attempt to find out just who has assumed control of Bucharest once the despised tyrant has fallen. Romanian despot Ceausescu has been overthrown by a combination of military coup and civil insurrection, and now Lt. Neagu (Adi Carauleanu) has been assigned the task of maintaining the peace in a small Bucharest suburb. When Lt. Neagu … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
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Written By: Alexandru Baciu, Radu Muntean
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After the fall of communism in Romania, civilians are encouraged to fight and protect a local TV station. One soldier leaves his group to fight with them. Like many Romanian films of late, this film has strong historical and social value to Romania. And like other Romanian films I have seen, not a lot happens. I mean that in the sense of actual events. A lot of this film is set in the back of a truck. Unfortunately, I also found this film to be the least engaging and the least accessible. 12:08 East of Bucharest, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and The Death of Mr. Lazarescu were all instant classics and in among the best films of the last 10 years. I think the dark and pale cinematography, lead me to become tired and bored of the subject going on. A lot of it is interesting, but the beginning/end didn't carry the emotional impact I have come to expect from the Romanian New Wave.

Luke Baldock

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Benefitting from hype surrounding "the Balkan new wave" led by films like 12:08 East of Bucharest and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, this tale set during the fall of Ceausescu was the opposite of Owl and the Sparrow in that the concept and structure were outstanding, yet the scenes themselves were too slight and lacking in punch to really resonate.

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