Romulus, My Father
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Romulus Gaita (Eric Bana) immigrated to Australia from Yugoslavia with his wife Christina (Franka Potente) and their son Raimond (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Romulus works as a blacksmith and farmer to support his family: Christina is not happy with the confinement of marriage and motherhood and finds frequent reasons to have promiscuous jaunts away from her small house and maternal duties. Romulus and Raimond are very close and find ways to exist without Christina, especially when Christina has an extended affair with a family friend Mitru (Russell Dykstra) and has a child by him. Despite warm support from Raimond and his best friend Hora (Marton Csokas), Romulus decompensates and his radical behavior results in his hospitalization in a mental institution.Read more ›
Let me start by saying that the movie of Romulus, My Father is exquisitely filmed. It's all light and shadows, sepia browns and yellows in the back country of Australia, the movie analogue of those great photographs of the Depression by Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans. The acting, too, is first rate. Eric Bana (Munich) is a perfect choice for the father, conveying emotion even when still and displaying the essential gravity and weight of Gaita's working class father plays the father. ALL the actors are first rate. The story tells of young Rai's growing up caught between a strong, almost Old Testament father and an emotionally and mentally troubled mother who drifts in and out of the family wreaking havoc wherever she lands. Another virtue of the film is the dramatic use of stillness, which gives the viewer time to let his or her feelings grow of their own accord. The movie won several awards in Australia but received almost no critical notice in this country. That's a shame because it's really good.
Also, i forget the name of the person responsible for the cinematography on this movie, but it is outstanding! I wanted to keep each frame and each shot as a photograph and frame it on my wall, it is that good. The colors and the whole look of the picture, just takes you back to that particular time and place. It gives the sad movie a sense of peace and comfort where you would least expect to find it. I looked it up on IMDB, and seems like he also did the cinematography for Little Women, another movie with an excellent look/feel. Sometimes I would buy a movie to keep just for that reason - its like keeping a photograph book that takes you somewhere else everytime.
This is a very touching movie - It'll have you thinking about it long after the movie is over. And to learn that it was a true story and what has become of that child in the story, gives you assurance that it does have a good ending after all.
Its missing 1 star from perfection beccuase as much as I liked this movie, i dont know how many times i could watch it - even though i plan on buying this movie.
At nine years old, the precocious Raimond insists on remaining a boy despite the demands from the adults around him that he take up the roles they are unwilling or unable to fill.
Romulus' best friend Hora (Marton Csokas) is inspirational in his support of his best friend and his best friend's son. In some ways Hora is an even more solid role model for Raimond than Romulus though both Romulus and Hora are hard-working, honorable men.
Raimond's almost perpetual playfulness, determination, and ability to live in his own happy moment despite what is going on around him carries the story and the film through otherwise soul-breaking tragedies.
Unfortunately this DVD did not include English subtitles. Subtitles would have been very helpful when dialogue was almost inaudible and/or difficult to understand given the Central European, German, and Australian accents.
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I'm being a bit dramatic, but I have tried watching this film twice. The acting is convincing but the plot is down-right soul crushing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jessica
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 21 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 on March 21, 2014 by Matt Snider
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