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Closer to the Moon (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 17 April 2015 (USA)
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A Romanian police officer teams up with a small crew of old friends from the World War II Jewish Resistance to pull off a heist by convincing everyone at the scene of the crime that they are only filming a movie.

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Nae Caranfil

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Nae Caranfil
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Alice
Mark Strong ... Max
Harry Lloyd ... Virgil
Anton Lesser ... Holban
Joe Armstrong ... Razvan
Christian McKay ... Iorgu
Tim Plester ... Dumi
Darrell D'Silva ... Minister
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Moritz
Frances Cuka ... Sarah
Marcin Walewski ... Mirel
Allan Corduner ... Flaviu
Monica Barladeanu ... Sonia (as Monica Birladeanu)
Paul Jesson ... Studio Manager
John Henshaw ... Judge
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Bucharest 1959. A spectacular Bank heist has the country in an uproar. In post-war Communist Romania it is an unimaginable slap in the face to the iron fisted authorities. Four men and a woman are arrested, tried, convicted and while waiting for their execution... are forced to star in a propaganda film about the crime. All five protagonists were heroes of the resistance during the Second World War and highly placed members of Romanian society. They clearly knew they would be caught and executed. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

17 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gang Rosenthala See more »

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Romania See more »

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EUR4,400,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Prior to filming Closer to the Moon (2014) with Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong played the male lead opposite Farmiga's sister Taissa Farmiga in the film Anna (2013). See more »

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Title Card: During World War II, the anti-Nazi resistance in Romania was mainly organized by the Communist Party.
Title Card: A number of young Jews joined the cause, believing their freedom would come from the Soviet Union.
Title Card: The Red Army didn't free, but enslaved the country, along with the whole Eastern and Central Europe. An iron-fist regime was installed.
Title Card: Former Jewish partisans became part of the governing elite.
Title Card: Their positions started to erode until, by the last years of the 50's, they were being systematically ...
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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It's Magic
Music by Sammy Cahn
Lyrics by Jule Styne
Performed by Loredana Groza
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good movie, if you don't care about the history
26 September 2018 | by FlexmaenSee all my reviews

After wondering why reviews for this movie are quite polarizing, it became clear after watching the movie and reading about the history it is based on.

The movie does work well as a fictional story, if you don't care about the history. It is well done, has a catchy story, and an interesting way how it is told. Unless you don't just watch Hollywood action blockbusters you might be fine with this movie.

But the problem starts, when you take a look at the history. The story behind this movie is not suitable for a fairy-tale where main characters are enjoying their role. No wonder people will find this irreverent. The movie itself does refer to the story it is based on, it also provides footage of the original propaganda film - and that does not match to the way the story is told.

Other things that might be irritating is that main characters are speaking English and that Romania is too colorful for that time. No problem if you get a dubbed version of the movie, no problem if you see it as a fictional story. But the movie itself makes the connection to the historical background - and that's where it doesn't work.


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