Romulus, My Father (2008)
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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
Jan 11, 2008 Wide
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For all its sad moments, Romulus, My Father is a love story between father and son kept aloft by unalloyed admiration.
The darkness of the story is counterbalanced by some of the most radiantly beautiful cinematography I've seen in a long time.
Romulus, My Father is a stacked deck determined to make you feel bad, but it rarely makes you feel anything else.
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.
The picture has a tranquil, gentle nature about it that's almost soothing, while offering examples of familial terror Roxburgh processes superbly...there's much to admire.
Gaita clearly had a rough childhood, but while the tragedies of his young life pile up on screen the drama remains frustratingly inert.
A beautiful mediation on the struggle of immigrants in Australia and the power of the father-son bond.
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