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Occident (2002)

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 ... See full summary »

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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 ...
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Ioan Gyuri Pascu ...
Gica
Tora Vasilescu ...
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Valeriu Andriutã ...
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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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Mind boggling!
29 August 2003 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

I never expected a Romanian film to be so "occidental"!

Yes, I'm a young movie fan, but Romanian films (or at least those that I've seen) just have that characteristic awkwardness which make them look like second-class movies.

Well, Occident is different. It's radically different. It's different even from those American movies which had set the standards, but up to par with any of them.

Occident is strongly non-linear, and you wonder whether the familiar scene you're seeing is a similar one or a remembrance. Occident is fascinating, intriguing, even mind-boggling, and it doesn't make use of any Romania-specific jokes. So, if you're not Romanian, it's no problem. Occident is universal. And, quite a rare thing, Occident is worth seeing again. And again. And again.


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