The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006)

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The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006)
Cum mi-am petrecut sfârsitul lumii (original title)

Bucharest 1989 - the last year of Ceausescu's dictatorship. Eva lives with her parents and her 7 year old brother, Lalalilu. One day at school, Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of Ceausescu. They are forced to confess their crime before a disciplinary committee and Eva is expelled from school and transferred to a reformatory establishment. There she meets Andrei, and decides to escape Romania with him. Lalalilu becomes convinced that Ceausescu is the main reason for Eva's decision to leave. So with his friends from school he devises a plan to kill the dictator.
Romania
France
IMDb   7.2 /10
TheMovieDb    6.5 /10
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TV.com  10.0 /10
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Creators
Director Cãtãlin Mitulescu
Writer Cãtãlin Mitulescu
Writer Andreea Valean
Writer Veronick Codolban Kazansky
Information
Release Date2006-08-29
Runtime1h 46min
GenreDrama
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
AwardsAwards7 wins & 7 nominations
CompanyAcht Frankfurt, Briarcliff Films, Canal+
CountryRomania, France
LanguageRomanian
Eva Matei - a seventeen-year-old girlas Eva Matei - a seventeen-year-old girl
Timotei Duma
Timotei Duma
Lalalilu 'Lali' Matei - Eva's little brotheras Lalalilu 'Lali' Matei - Eva's little brother
Ioan Albu
Ioan Albu
Sergiu Anghel
Sergiu Anghel
The headmasteras The headmaster
Adrian Bulboaca
Adrian Bulboaca
The second guitaristas The second guitarist
Ion Carangea
Ion Carangea
Jean Constantin
Jean Constantin
Uncle Floricãas Uncle Floricã
Grigore Matei - Eva and Lali's fatheras Grigore Matei - Eva and Lali's father
The doctoras The doctor
Liviu Fister
Liviu Fister
John Maldea
John Maldea
Adrian Nicolae
Adrian Nicolae
The first guitaristas The first guitarist
Stellan Nicolae
Stellan Nicolae
Llotari curta nea Teias Llotari curta nea Tei
Vasile Nicolae
Vasile Nicolae
Llotari curta nea Teias Llotari curta nea Tei
Cristian Nicolaie
Cristian Nicolaie
Nucuas Nucu
Nea Titias Nea Titi
Adrian Rosu
Adrian Rosu
Oaseas Oase
Marius Stan
Marius Stan
Tarzan - Lali's palas Tarzan - Lali's pal

The Way I Spent the End of the World

The Way I Spent the End of the World (Romanian: Cum mi-am petrecut sfârșitul lumii) is the feature-length film debut of Romanian director Cătălin Mitulescu. It was released on September 15, 2006.


Synopsis

The film is about 17-year-old Eva and 7-year-old Lilu, a sister and brother living in Bucharest during the final years of the communist regime of Nicolae Ceaușescu. After Eva is expelled from her high school for her uncooperative attitude, she is sent to a technical school where she meets Andrei, with whom she plans to escape communist Romania by swimming across the Danube into Yugoslavia and relocating to Italy. Lilu and his friends, meanwhile, volunteer for a children's choir scheduled to sing for Ceaușescu, hoping this will give them a chance to assassinate the dictator.


Cast and characters

The Matei family

  • Dorotheea Petre as Eva Matei
  • Timotei Duma as Lalalilu Matei
  • Carmen Ungureanu as Maria Matei
  • Mircea Diaconu as Grigore Matei
  • Jean Constantin as Uncle Florică

Lilu's friends

  • Valentino Marius Stan as Tarzan
  • Marian Stoica as Silvică

Eva's friends

  • Cristian Văraru as Andrei, Eva's friend
  • Ionuț Becheru as Alexandru Vomică, Eva's boyfriend

Others

  • Valentin Popescu as the music teacher
  • Grigore Gonta as Ceaușică
  • Florin Zamfirescu as the school director
  • Monalisa Basarab as choir teacher
  • Corneliu Țigancu as Bulba
  • Nicolae Enache Praida as Titi

Awards

  • Dorotheea Petre - Premiul de interpretare feminină (Female actor award)
  • Dorotheea Petre - Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress, 2006 Cannes Film Festival

Alternative titles

  • Comment j'ai fêté la fin du monde (French title)
  • How I Celebrated the End of the World (alternative translation)