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Luci
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Sorina
Samuel Tastet ...
Jerome
Tania Popa ...
Mihaela
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The cop
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The spanish mute
Julieta Strîmbeanu ...
Granny (as Julieta Strâmbeanu)
Eugenia Bosânceanu ...
Aunt Leana
Ioan Gyuri Pascu ...
Gica
Tora Vasilescu ...
The school-mistress
Michael Beck ...
The Dutchman
Valeriu Andriutã ...
Nae
Mihai Danu
Constantin Ghenescu
Doru Ana
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Occident is a bittersweet comedy that focuses on the growing tendency of Eastern European youth to migrate west. When the amicable Luci (Alexandru Papadopol) and his beautiful lover Sorina (Anca Androne) are evicted from their apartment, Sorina decides they must visit her father's grave and ask for a "sign". Seconds later, Luci is hit in the head by a bottle and taken to the hospital by a Frenchman. Despite her love for Luci, Sorina believes a life with security takes precedence over romance, and moves in with the good samaritan. Meanwhile, a jilted bride (Tania Popa) and her mother (Coca Bloos) enlist the help of of a private agency to find a proper husband for her, but the wealthy Italian man they select has more than a couple of undesirable traits. Later, Michaela's (Popa) father, a police captain, finds out that Luci's cousin is dead, prompting him to remember when the two boys fled from Romania by swimming across the Danube on an inflatable doll. The cousin had made it across, ... Written by AnonymousB

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A realistic, bitter sweet rendition of what life in Romania is for young people without money and/or connections.
6 October 2003 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

A beautiful story about time, coincidences and happenstance. Three stories intertwine and characters influence one another's life without ever knowing it. Excellent and convincing performances from both veteran actors and newcomers. Even though it made me laugh a lot, after I finished watching it didn't taste like a comedy, but more like a sad love story. And even though love doesn't conquer all (love between man and woman, love between friends, love for one's country), the story doesn't feel hopeless and bleak, not even once. A must-see for anyone interested in Eastern European productions.

PS: The version I saw had English subtitles, but they were sometimes incomplete and a couple of times rather badly translated. I felt they didn't do their best to do justice to the lines.


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