Romulus, My Father (2008)



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Movie Info

Longtime Australian actor Richard Roxburgh makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of Raimond Gaita's acclaimed memoir, adapted for the screen by poet Nick Drake and starring Eric Bana, Franka Potente, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Despite their hardships in life, Romulus (Bana) and his beautiful wife, Christina (Potente), struggle to raise their son, Raimond (Smit-McPhee), to the best of their abilities. As the deeply moral Romulus struggles to make up for the absence and neglect of the boy's … More

Rating: R (for sexuality, some violence and brief language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Nick Drake
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 22, 2008
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


as Romulus

as Christina

as Vacek

as Mrs. Lillie

as Miss Collard

as Tom Lillie

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Critic Reviews for Romulus, My Father

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

For all its sad moments, Romulus, My Father is a love story between father and son kept aloft by unalloyed admiration.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

For all that it's well made and expertly acted, the film keeps its audience at arm's length, letting viewers observe without offering an emotional portal of entrance.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Top Critic

It's not clear what we're supposed to take away from the film.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The darkness of the story is counterbalanced by some of the most radiantly beautiful cinematography I've seen in a long time.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Romulus, My Father is a stacked deck determined to make you feel bad, but it rarely makes you feel anything else.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Helming bow by Oz thesp Richard Roxburgh predictably leaves actors plenty of room, but the literary tone and episodic structure rob the pic of dramatic momentum.

Full Review… | June 11, 2007
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Romulus, My Father


Very moving, and there just never seems to be a dull moment. This is supposed to be a true story, also, which amazes me. At the end it tells you that the boy in the story grew up and did well in his life. Sheesh. If he can, anyone can because this family (this boy especially) went through one horrible time after another. Eric Bana did a wonderful job playing the father. I have never paid much attention to him before, but now I have seen a side of his acting that leaves me at awe. Really great movie.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Excellent, magnificent and emotional true story of the author Raimond Gaita's childhood of impossible love that celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son. Eric Bana makes an astonishing performance as Raimond's father, Romulus, and for Richard Roxburgh in his directing debut.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Here's an interesting movie that follows the life of Romulus and his family. As he deals with daily life, he realizes that his family is falling apart and his wife is on the verge of leaving him and all that is dear to him is his son. Eric Bana and Franka Potente stars. Worth seeing.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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