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Closer to the Moon

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2014
  • Nae Caranfil
  • 107 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Five high-ranking members of the Communist party in 1950s Romania rob a bank and very nearly get away with the crime. When they are finally arrested, they are sentenced to death - but before their execution, they are ordered to re-enact the heist on film, so it can be used in a propaganda movie. Fact-based comedy crime drama, starring Mark Strong and Vera Farmiga.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

It's Romania, 1959. As a kick against Jewish oppression under the postwar Communist regime, five idealistic Jewish intellectuals decide to rob the state bank to fund their dissident activities. They do so under the pretence of making a heist movie. Caught by the authorities, they're then bizarrely and ironically forced to re-stage their robbery for an anti-Semitic government propaganda film. It sounds fanciful, but in essence it's all true. The propaganda film exists. Extracts are shown during the closing credits. Though written and directed by a Romanian, Closer to the Moon is in English, and features an Anglo-American cast headed by Mark Strong and Vera Farmiga. While commercially understandable, artistically it impacts on the film's credibility and effectiveness. The story is so quintessentially Romanian, it should have been made in Romanian, with Romanian actors. Though decently made, it probably won't make much impact outside Bucharest and its environs.

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Credits

Cast

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AliceVera Farmiga
Max RosenthalMark Strong
VirgilHarry Lloyd
HolbanAnton Lesser
RazvanJoe Armstrong
SoniaMonica Barladeanu
IorguChristian McKay
FlaviuAllan Corduner
DumiTim Plester
GogoAndrew Buckley

Crew

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DirectorNae Caranfil

Details

Theatrical distributor
New Entertainment
Released on
2015-11-13
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, some violence, sexual references.
Formats
Colour
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