Directed by: Cristian Nemescu
Countries & Regions: Romania
Length: 150 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 8 September 2008
Cat No: ART385DVD
Languages(s): Romanian, English
Screen ratio 1:1.78
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital 5.1
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Award-winning satirical comedy set against the backdrop of the Kosovan war of 1999. A Nato train loaded with weapons is brought to a halt... Read More
The year is 1999: a train carrying American soldiers to Kosovo
approaches the quiet village of Căpâlniţa, expecting easy passage. They picked the wrong day: the train grinds to a halt, and the troops find themselves caught up in labour disputes, the desires of the stationmaster’s daughter to escape, and celebrations to mark the village’s anniversary.
What results is wonderfully expansive, endlessly surprising cinema, finding room for Elvis impersonators, mock Eiffel Towers, and Armand Assante, terrific as the American captain. We’ve recently witnessed two outstanding Romanian films in 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days and 12:08, East of Bucharest; dare I suggest that, even unfinished, California Dreamin’ is more purely pleasurable than either?