Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Filantropica (2002)

Filantropica (2002)

Genre: Comedy
Director: Nae Caranfil
Starring: Mircea Diaconu, Gheorghe Dinică, Mara Nicolescu
Duration: 110 min.
Rating: 7.2/10

Ovidiu, a high-school teacher looking for an extra buck, finds an unexpected way to earn easy money.


Filantropica is a film from Romanian director Nae Caranfil.  It is a black comedy set in contemporary Bucharest about a high school teacher and part time writer who stumbles upon an elaborate money making scheme. 

Quite different in style and theme to the current crop of bleak, minimal, and realistic films of the  Romanian New Wave, this precursor is light, humorous, and done with relatively high production quality. 

The story is an ironic satire of the transition from a communist to a capitalist society and those who dream of making a better life in that new economy.  It has decent acting though nothing spectacular, and a strong and unique screenplay that make this an enjoyable watch, but I feel that this was meant more for Romanians than an international audience.    


copyboy said...

Yeah, nice gem of a suggestion.

The Reel Foto said...

the cinematography looks nice. :)

The Angry Vegetarian said...

Yeah, I thought this was a teacher turning tricks. The poster makes me think he's screaming "YOU ARE TEARING ME APART, LISA!"

Hermann Rorschach said...

I'll give it a whirl and just try to bypass any 'Romanian-only' references. (I'm still not sure HOW this teacher makes extra money. IS IT SEX? :)

Hermann Rorschach said...

Sorry for the double post, but do you have a public email I could contact you at?

Bonjour Tristesse said...

No he scams by taking advantage of the goodwill of strangers.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

The Angry Lurker said...

Sounds good, I like black comedy.

Mutfux said...

I love your suggestions

G said...

looks cool

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