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Ryna

Doroteea Petre , Valentin Popescu , Ruxandra Zenide  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Doroteea Petre, Valentin Popescu, Matthieu Roze
  • Directors: Ruxandra Zenide
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Romanian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lifesize Home Entert
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E5KUHO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,551 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ryna" on IMDb

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A beautiful teenager struggles to satisfy the demands of her overbearing father while seeking her own identity in Ruxandra Zenide's unforgettable festival hit. In French with English subtitles.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Universal picture of an isolated land November 28, 2007
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A mesmerising lead performance and gorgeously effective cinematography makes this an excellent debut by Romanian filmmaker Ruxandra Zenide. Treated like a boy by her often drunk father who wishes she was one, Ryna is a top mechanic, helping him in the trade in their small village on the Danube Delta. Despite her baggy overalls and cropped hair, Ryna's feminine beauty doesn't go unnoticed - the postman, a French anthropologist and the corrupt mayor are all admirers - but when she disobeys her father and goes to the fair in a dress, Ryna pays a heavy and terrible price for pursuing her identity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tough father-daughter relationship drama February 10, 2013
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"Ryna" (2005 release from Romania; 94 min.) brings the story of Ryna (played by newcomer Dorotheea Petre), a 16 yr. old girl who lives in an isolated area in rural Romania. Her dad, for reasons never explained, treats her as a boy, and requires that she stays boy-ish in her appearance (short hair, no skirts, etc.). Despite dad's restrictions, beautiful Ryna attracts plenty of attention from the local boys and men, all the way to the mayor of the village. Dad's business, a gas station and garage, is barely surviving (and does so by cutting corners every which way). One day dad gets the news that the village is refusing to renews his business license due to its out-of-the-way location, which would effectively put him out of business. Meanwhile, a French doctor has arrived in the village to conduct some EU-funded research. To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, this is one tough father-daughter relationship drama. It breaks the heart to see the father (mis)treat his own daughter, without any love or apparent remorse or guilt. In that sense, kudos to Valentin Popescu in the thankless role of playing the dad. As you see him perform, it is hard to distinguish the unlikeable character from the brilliant performer. But the movie is carried on the shoulders of Dorotheea Petre, who absolutely will blow you away in the movie's title role. This was her very first starring role and I can't wait to see what other movies sh'e been in. Lastly, the movie does a great job in bringing us a sense of the isolation that exists still in many country-side communities in Eastern Europe. Lost of poverty, corruption and all-around tough environments to live in. This movie is MILES away from your standard Hollywood fare. But if you are in the mood for a quality foreign movie, you cannot go wrong with this. "Ryna" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars August 14, 2014
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nice movie
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fair August 11, 2014
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The subtitles were small, the plot wasn't that good and it was hard to follow the storyline
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok movie December 20, 2012
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I saw better movies than this one. It is worth watching it, only if you are completely home sick, like I was. Don't spend your money.
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