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Romulus, My Father is based on Raimond Gaita's critically acclaimed memoir. It tells the story of Romulus, his beautiful wife, Christina, and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond. It is, ultimately, a story of impossible love that celebrates the unbreakable bond between a father and a son.
As bleak but just as often as exquisitely beautiful as the Australian landscape where it takes place, Romulus, My Father is a film that reminds us that there's no explaining the mystery of family ties--not the ones that bend or even break, and especially not the ones that suffer the most unspeakable hardships. Directed by Richard Roxburgh (the first behind-the-camera effort for an actor whose resume includes roles in Moulin Rouge, Van Helsing, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), based on a memoir by Raimond Gaita (played by young Kodi Smit-McPhee), and set in 1960-61, it stars Eric Bana as Rai's father, Romulus, a Romanian-speaking Yugoslav who toils as a blacksmith in the remote Aussie town of Maryborough, where the locals call him Jack. Life is simple but hardly easy, especially when Rai's wayward mother, Christina (Franka Potente) visits from nearby Melbourne. Christina, to put it mildly, is strange; promiscuous, irresponsible, and depressed, sometimes suicidally so, she has only the most tenuous grasp on what it takes to be a mother and wife, and her rare and unannounced visits don't do either father or son much good (especially after she moves in with one of her husband's friends and has another child, whom she cares about even less than she cares about Rai). The cinematography is lovely, and the performances are first-rate (Bana, who no doubt welcomed the opportunity to be in a small, character-driven film after big budget Hollywood epics like Hulk, Munich, and Troy, is excellent). And while there is neither a lot of dialogue nor much in the way of plot (the story consists largely of a series of tragic episodes, most of them with Raimond as the innocent victim), Romulus, My Father still manages to convey some profound, ineffably human feelings. --Sam Graham
I must have been the only one to not understand the language for most of the film and to add insult to injury no English sub titles?
Truly hard to follow
I'm sending this one to a friend whose wife suffers from depression. It will make his situation seem light.Published 11 months ago by SHEILA
Excellent movie. Amazing story of a fathers love for his child and his wife. Movie was filmed very well with a great endingPublished 19 months ago by Matt Snider
Eric Bana as Romulus gives a remarkable performance as a Central European immigrant to Australia trying to raise his son, Raimond, on a farm outside Frogmore, Victoria, Australia,... Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Trevor Henderson
I loved the honestly and devotion of the 3 men in this movie, Romulus, Raimond and Hora. The acting was superb.Published on April 11, 2013 by Annette Stratton
I started watching this dvd without checking it 1st. It was trouble starting it & midway thru, it froze up. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Sandra Goodman
This is a well-made movie. The acting, directing, cinematography, sets, and scripting are all up to professional standards. Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by GotStuff
there is a color problem with this dvd. it has a purple/green cast to it. i presumed i could not return for a credit/replacement since i opened the jacket.Published on September 4, 2012 by Thomas Borns
"Romulus, My Father" is an Australian drama genre film that reflects on the adolescent stages of philosopher Raimond Gaita's life. Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by Nicholas R.W. Henning