Romulus, My Father (2007)

Posted: April 27, 2011 in Australian
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Romulus, My Father

Storyline

It tells the story of Romulus, his beautiful wife, Christina, and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond. It is a story of impossible love that ultimately celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son. –IMDb

Director:

Richard Roxburgh

Writers:

Nick DrakeRaimond Gaita (memoir)

Stars:

Eric BanaFranka Potente and Marton Csokas

Genres:

 Biography | Drama

Taglines:

 The Bond Between a Father and His Son Can Never Be Broken

After watching Romulus, My Father I was really impressed with how realistic and convincing the performances were in this film.  Romulus My Father is story centered around young Raimond and his relationships with his dad Romulus and his mother Christina.  Both Romulus and Christina are migrants settling in Australia and we see the emotional toll that happens between the three of them and also with Hora and Mitru both playing a big part in the lives of those three.  It is a very emotional story and brilliantly made. You just know that everyone involved in this movie put their heart and soul into it and their efforts have certainly paid off.  Romulous My Father is a story that everyone can identify with.  The characters in this movie and their actions leave you thinking even long after the movie has ended.

The script is based on the memoirs of the boy Raimond.  Romulus was a “Very Good Man” (almost a Saint).  We also get a nice understanding of the love of man for his fellow man, from the relationship between Hora and Romulus and especially between Romulus and Mitru.  But I loved the relationship between Romulus and his best friend Hora.  Romulus’s greatest tolerance comes in his relationship with his wife, Christina. We find that she lives in Melbourne with another man and chooses to occasionally visit her husband and son. She is welcomed by her husband whenever she chooses to visit, and he even quietly accepts that she has had a child with another man who was a good friend to Romulus. One of the most inspiring things is that Raimond not only survived but grew up to be as he is – the story is about the unbreakable bond between Father and Son.

Still of Eric Bana and Kodi Smit-McPhee in Romulus, My Father

The acting was superb especially Eric Bana and the boy. The boy is in almost every scene and he carries the production almost entirely on his little shoulders. The acting was so convincing, the sounds, the scenes, the mood and the whole atmosphere in the film really pulled me in. At times during the first half of the film it was slightly slow-moving but this was mainly due to a lot of good character development and getting to know the setting, and we really get to know the boy in the film. Some of Eric Bana’s moments near the end of the film were just amazing. Although he was great throughout the whole film, he really did hit the mark near the end. It’s just the way that his character gradually changed that amazes me and it looks like he really did put a big effort into his performance because it is (or very close to) the performance of his career so far. Christina is given her bi-polar life expertly by German actress, Franka Potente who shows us a woman whose highs and lows make her a fascinating and irresistible character. Best friend, Hora is portrayed with strength by Marton Csokas, and his weak-willed brother, Mitru, is given life expertly by Russell Dykstra.

Some people may find the movie a little slow-moving to begin with but easily makes up for that with all of its great qualities and an ending that may draw some tears from some people. Not to mention is vibrant cinematography. Its one of the films where it deserves a bigger release and seen by a wider audience.

All in all, a great experience, takes you on the emotional ride with all those characters portrayed by the brilliant actors. I give it 8 out 10.

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