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The Way I Spent the End of the World (Cum mi-am petrecut sfarsitul lumii) (2006)

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A Romanian schoolgirl finds her life forever changed when she accidentally knocks over a bust of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in director Catalin Mitulescu's tragi-comic coming-of-age tale. The year is 1989, and the suffocating grip of despot Ceausescu is slowly loosening as the result of rising civil unrest. After pretty Eva (Dorothea Petrie) and her rebellious boyfriend Alex (Ionut Becheru) inadvertently send a statue of Ceausescu tumbling to the ground, she is exiled to a bleak reformatory institution while he is let off with a stern warning due to his father's strong Communist party ties. It is at her new school that Eva makes the acquaintance of the disarmingly disobedient Andrei (Cristian Vararu), a boy whose dissident parents are nowhere to be found. As Andrei and Eva hatch a daring plan to swim to freedom across the Danube, Eva's deeply embittered seven-year-old brother Lalalilu (Timotei Duma) conspires with his two best friends (Marius Stan and Marian Stoica) to assassinate the notoriously brutal Ceausescu during a national celebration in which the three youngsters are set to sing in a children's choir. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Timotei Duma
as Lalalilu
Marius Stan
as Tarzan
Marian Stoica
as Silvica
Mircea Diaconu
as Eva's Father
Carmen Ungereanu
as Eva's Mother
Grigoire Gonta
as Ceausica
Valentin Popescu
as Music Professor
Florin Zamfirescu
as School Director
Sergiu Anghel
as Headmaster of a school
Monalisa Basarab
as Choir Teacher
Anca Alvirescu
as Nucu's wife
Oxana Moravec
as Form master
Sorin Dinculescu
as Panait teacher
Vera Linguraru
as Tarzan's mother
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Critic Reviews for The Way I Spent the End of the World (Cum mi-am petrecut sfarsitul lumii)

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Ambitiously trying to blend the joys of growing up with the melancholy of living in a country under one of the worst dictatorships in Eastern Europe, this warm story does have a tendency to ramble.

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

Una historia sencilla y humana sobre un cambio histórico desde la perspectiva de un niño y su hermana adolescente, interpretados con encanto y sensibilidad.

Full Review… | April 12, 2008
Uruguay Total

A charming if too meandering coming-of-age story that remains largely afloat because of the luminous performances of its young protagonists Dorotheea Petre and Timotei Duma.

Full Review… | October 1, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Way I Spent the End of the World (Cum mi-am petrecut sfarsitul lumii)

½

I was personally interested in this movie because I was on The Balkan when all this was happening and I witnessed all of it. On TV we could watch directly all the events - yes... Yugoslav TV (JRT) covered all the fighting in the neighbouring Romania continuously... I had no sleep for 3 days. The story is happening during this time and is about 17 year old Eva and her 7 year old brother Lilu. They live in the capital Bucharest during the final years of the communist regime of Nicolae Ceauşescu. Eva is expelled from her high school for her uncooperative attitude, and in those times she was sent to a technical school where she meets Andrei, with whom she plans to escape Romania by swimming across the Danube into Yugoslavia and relocating to Italy... On the other hand, little Lilu and his friends volunteer for a children's choir scheduled to sing for Ceauşescu, hoping this will give them a chance to kill him! Solidly made movie... but... even with the best intentions, and quite interesting story, one could feel the engine running out of steam and it had to be restarted before the end to reach the final destination! Nice acting, but not an outstanding photography. If you have an interest in foreign movies, this could be one to choose!

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

Interesting glimpse into life during the communist era of Romania. Not for kids. Available from Netflix.

Jeff Taylor
Jeff Taylor

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