Hîrtia va fi albastrã (The Paper Will Be Blue) (2006)




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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 and his heavily armored militia squad hear news that pro-Ceausescu forces are attempting to wrestle control of a national television station away from anti-Ceausescu counterparts, ambitious militiaman Costi (Paul Ipgate) suggests that the troupe leave to help fend off the "terrorists" who would see the feared dictator reinstated. After Costi slips away from the militia to help defend the television station, he is recruited to help defend a house full of protestors from terrorists. Inexplicably, Costi himself is accused of terrorism by the very people he was attempting to help and is forced to convince the protestors of his democratic beliefs. Realizing that Costi has deserted the militia and frightened that he will be held responsible for losing his soldier, Lt. Neagu and his squad discover that their mission is far from over after arriving as Costi's suburban home. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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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.

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