Romulus, My Father

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Released 2007

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Director:
Richard Roxburgh
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Romulus, My Father is a biographical drama, released in 2007 and based on the book of the same title by Australian philosopher Raimond Gaita. The film was directed by Richard Roxburgh. The film outlines his father's life beginning in 1939 when he fled his native home in Romania and tracing him to his death. His father, Romulus (Eric Bana), is madly in love with his wife, Christine (Franka Potente), but they are struggling to survive. They are raising a young son, Raimond (Kodi Smit-McPhee), in poverty and their marriage is failing. Raimond, as a child, yearns for stability and to understand the mysteries of adulthood. He searches for meaning in his parents separation and struggles to understand the cause and effect relationship between his emotions and puberty. What he discovers is that there is little distance between greatness and madness, and that the bond between a father and his son is unalterable and their love is unconditional.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    For all its sad moments, Romulus, My Father is a love story between father and son kept aloft by unalloyed admiration.

  • 60

    Variety

    Warmly felt but haltingly told meller Romulus, My Father holds the attention with fine perfs and exquisite lensing, but never really grips the imagination.

  • 50

    San Francisco Chronicle Peter Hartlaub

    The performances are the best part of this uneven film.

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