Romulus, My Father

Romulus, My Father

Romulus, My Father

A drama based on Raimond Gaita's critically acclaimed memoir. Set in 50s rural Australia, it tells the story of Eastern European immigrant Romulus (Eric Bana), his beautiful wife, Christina (Franka Potente), and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond (Kodi Smit-McPhee).

It is the tale of a boy trying to balance a universe described by his deeply moral father, against the experience of heartbreaking absence and neglect from a depressive mother. Kiwi Marton Csokas features as the sympathetic Uncle Hora.

2007Rating: M, sex scenes, offensive language103 minsAustralia
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A must see

Indeed this movie may feel as though it's depressing, however the director has skillfully crafted this movie so as to always leave a glimmer of hope for the audience. It is very true to life and, especially if you are an Australian, is a must see.

0

101% depressing

Possibly the most depressing movie I have ever seen in my life. This film almost seems to be trying to cram everything terrible about the world into a movie-length misery-rama. Still not as bad as the book, but dreadful all the same.

1.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Warmly felt but haltingly told... holds the attention with fine performances and exquisite lensing, but never really grips the imagination...

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

A pensive tale of hardship, based on Raimond Gaiter's memoirs from his childhood. Beautifully shot in rural Victoria by cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson and sensitively directed by actor turned director Richard Roxburgh, Nick Drake's script is economical in its telling of a critical chapter...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Downbeat and disjointed but ravishing to look at with a fine child performance...

3.0
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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Eric Bana and Franke Potente star as an immigrant couple doing it hard in 1950's Australia. Beautiful to look at, wondrously performed, occasionally frustratingly episodic in structure. Well worth seeing...

4.0
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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Based on moral philosopher Raimond Gaita's 1998 memoir of the same name, Romulus, My Father is a well-acted study of a dysfunctional, multinational immigrant family.

Former comedian Bana (Munich) gives another example of his versatility and range, while German actress Potente (Run Lola Run) manages magnificent restraint in a role that screams potential for overwrought histrionics...

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Warmly felt but haltingly told... holds the attention with fine performances and exquisite lensing, but never really grips the imagination...

0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

A pensive tale of hardship, based on Raimond Gaiter's memoirs from his childhood. Beautifully shot in rural Victoria by cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson and sensitively directed by actor turned director Richard Roxburgh, Nick Drake's script is economical in its telling of a critical chapter...

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Downbeat and disjointed but ravishing to look at with a fine child performance...

3.0
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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Eric Bana and Franke Potente star as an immigrant couple doing it hard in 1950's Australia. Beautiful to look at, wondrously performed, occasionally frustratingly episodic in structure. Well worth seeing...

4.0
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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Based on moral philosopher Raimond Gaita's 1998 memoir of the same name, Romulus, My Father is a well-acted study of a dysfunctional, multinational immigrant family.

Former comedian Bana (Munich) gives another example of his versatility and range, while German actress Potente (Run Lola Run) manages magnificent restraint in a role that screams potential for overwrought histrionics...

4.0
0

A must see

Indeed this movie may feel as though it's depressing, however the director has skillfully crafted this movie so as to always leave a glimmer of hope for the audience. It is very true to life and, especially if you are an Australian, is a must see.

0

101% depressing

Possibly the most depressing movie I have ever seen in my life. This film almost seems to be trying to cram everything terrible about the world into a movie-length misery-rama. Still not as bad as the book, but dreadful all the same.

1.0
0