Romulus, My Father

2008

Romulus, My Father

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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 depressive mother, father and son build an unbreakable bond that is only strengthened with the passing of time. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Feb 15, 2010
    There's much to admire about actor Richard Roxburgh's directorial debut, Romulus, My Father. A sensitive evocation of a childhood rendered moot by the psychological damages inflicted by troubled parents, the picture has a tranquil, gentle nature about it that's almost soothing, while offering examples of familial terror Roxburgh processes superbly. It's fitting perhaps that a film based on Rai Gaita's memoirs should play rather like a string of memories; we don't remember the past in a linear story but as patches, chapters, moments, sometimes merely fractions of their entirety. The darkness of the story is counterbalanced by some of the most radiantly beautiful cinematography I've seen in a long time. Builds up an emotional head of steam that draws audiences towards it. Enjoy!
    Ovi G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2009
    A touching tale based on the true story of Raimond Gaita's childhood & the relation of his parents. Richard Roxburgh examines the lives of Raimond's parents when they emigrated to Australia in 1950. Raimond's mother suffers from depression & leaves him & her husband . Cinematography is beautiful. Eric Bana is brilliant as Romulus while Franka Potente delivers an intense performance. Raimond Guita is now a famous author & this movie was based on his autobiographical novel.
    Ut S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2008
    A nice movie, but a little slow for me.
    FanGirl B Super Reviewer

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