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  • Warning: Spoilers
    This film brought to life one classic in Romanian literature - actually, only the first volume. It's a story centered around a an uneducated, poor, 'simple' man - Moromete, a dreamer at heart, a great pretender - pretending his problems away until they blow out of proportions and burst out.

    Giulea must've chosen to keep it black &white – and it helped create authenticity, and depth: the poverty, the tension, and emotionally bleak atmosphere of the Moromete family really gets to you.

    It could be my attention spam shifting for the second hour, but I saw how the composition and the planning of the scenes disintegrate along with the story plot. The first half has an inner consistency, an inner beauty - the carefully prepared composition, the candle light faces or the contre-jour, slightly overexposed and soft look are very impressive. It looks beautiful while it feels gloomy, and that makes you an accomplice. And the camera always looks up to Moromete – he feels like a giant in his made-up world, he looks like one to us. Then it all falls apart – and the focus moves from form to content.

    The silent beauty before the storm. Weelll, at least it shows it could've been beautiful, despite lack of money or illness.

    If you don't know the story... his idealism keeps him from emotionally connecting to his family – he takes care of 'business', he cares for them financially, but fails to recognize them as human beings. They're as real to him as the politicians he comments on – and make no mistake! This is a very smart man. Many fathers make the same mistake, with predictably the same results.

    Interestingly enough, as if giving Moromete a chance to redeem himself as a parent, his youngest son resembles him – a dreamer and a thinker, begging for a chance to embrace his true nature. Again, Moromete fails to see what's important, what is already lost and what can still be saved. The dreamer in me hopes that the second part of the book restores hope – for the first ends in failure.

    As far as I can tell (never having read the book) the mistake this man makes is not choosing his own destiny, pretending to be something he's not. He projects his own flaws onto others, oblivious to the intrinsic imperfection of human nature and reality he demands perfection. He basically refuses to face life while pretending to know everything about it, except his own refusal. And, the worst of all (in my eyes), he doesn't know when to stop the charade and acknowledge his loses. A blind mule.

    While that may be a fine way to live your own life, it's a heavy burden for children left without the care, love, attention or guidance of a parent, but with the blame of needing them. That's his "crime", and he never accepts to suffer for it. His own pain – had he accepted it and expressed it – could've set him free.
  • alexfizeau30 August 2004
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    It is a great film. I think you all should see it to learn a bit of Romania's history before 2nd World War. The film is based on the Marin Preda's (the greatest Romanian novelist who ever lived) novel having the same name. Although Preda wrote the second part of this novel, the film is only about the first part. The leading character is Ilie Moromete, a village habitant, a thinker, who loves to contemplate and think about his life and especially about his times of living, his country's history reflected on facts, not words. He nows very well how to turn any kind of situation in his favor and just loves to laugh on stupid peoples' mistakes and lack of knowledge, not as some kind of a joker, but with simple phrases, making the man to think about his gestures or behavior on certain situations. His family falls apart when his teenage sons (Achim, Nila and Paraschiv) run to Bucharest to escape the so called village prison and father's protective eye and to become men, to live on their own. His youngest son, Niculaie, has just one thought in his head: to go to school. His father doesn't offer him money because he always tells everyone his favorite line: "I d not have it ! What can I do ? I just don't have it !"
  • it remains one of the most impressive Romanian films. not only for the artistic virtues. but for a wise manner to translate the reality on the screen. admirable performances, great story and the art of Stere Gulea to give the right adaptation to a state more than a novel. Victor Rebengiuc did his the second role of his life as importance, after Apostol Bologa , and Gina Patrichi gives , again, the measure of her special gift to transform her in the most impressive characters. more than a film, it is a testimony. about art, about Romania behind the political/social changes, about family and about the status of its members. about a world, so inspired presented by Marin Preda in his novel, so precise defined by Stere Gulea in his film.
  • This is a great movie to watch, since Victor Rebengiuc, the actor playing Ilie Moromete has the most convincing acting i've ever seen. I would compare him with great Hollywood names such as Robert DeNiro or Al Pacino. And in doing so, he plays according to the book and very into the character. Ilie Moromete can be considered a very funny man, because his comments are acid and humorous in the same time, always striking his discussion partners with his answers. He is also very cunning, resolving many of his problems in a very intelligent manner.
  • munstercristina12 September 2006
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    The movie is a portray of the inhabitants of an ordinary Romanian village,before the beginning of ww2.A dramatic story about poverty and ignorance..People ready to sacrifice their family members for a little more welfare.Sadness,misery.All seen through the eyes of a man less brutified than the others,a man who realizes his misery and tries to overcome it. It is a brutal and in the same time sensitive introspection in simple people's life,a naked portray of their existence and inner battles.I don't know if foreigners will find the story interesting or just repulsive but I can't help calling it a masterpiece.The Moromete family could have been my grandparents.
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    The Moromete's Family is perhaps one of the best movies made in Romania.With a stunning acting from Victor Rebengiuc(Ilie Moromete),the main character of this movie.The script follows the homonym novel and manage to transpose a inter war reality from Romanian countryside.Moromete wasn't just a poor peasant who had been trying to survive in that period among with his family.He had a developed way of thinking unlike his villagers,he used to smoke his cigarette,and to speak with his two friends:Dumitru and Cocosila,about policy,economy and social life.One of his memorable reply is " I have not",it's about money because he never had enough money to pay his fees.Even so his courtyard was his theater scene,he used to act like an actor on the stage for the other ones amazement.Sometimes Moromete became angry and was beating his 2 older sons from his first marriage,because they were very lazy and stubborns.If in the first part of the movie(novel),"time had everlasting patience with people" in the end,the time hadn't had this tolerance with them.A classic movie,must seen by everyone who want to understand how our ancestors lived their lives.
  • a strange film. because , it has in same measure, artistic and political value. the profoundity and force of Ilie Moromete role is out of commentary. the impressive art of Stere Gulea to recreate atmosphere, beauty, nuances of Marin Preda novel is an obvious fact. Victor Rebengiuc or Gina Patrichi are masters of subtle masterpiece. but, more that, it is an extraordinary manifesto against a sick regime. it is prefiguration of Romanian revolution of December 1989 for the courage to present a free village, economical pressure, the plagues of radical metamorphose, stupidity of politics and image of few men for who reality is prey for honest opinion. a movie far from recipes. few slices from Tarkovsky are just ways to same message - the skin of events is not theirs soul.
  • Introduction: I don't think enough people have watched this film. The Moromete Family is a great piece of Romanian cinema, and just a great piece of cinema.

    The Story: Centering around a family living Romania, during World War II, as they deal with problems of living in that time. Such as, having trouble paying taxes, trying to get their kids and school, and the war environment. One of the best written films I've ever watched. This film really understands how to write human interactions. The family in the film, feel like a real family going through hard times.

    The Characters: The characters in this film, are all relatable and interesting. As they feel just like real people. Everyone acts and talks like real people their age.

    The Visual Style: This is a great looking movie. The black and white astetic allows the film to feel more like the time period, and also let's the film look more dark and depressing as a whole.

    Conclusion: As a conclusion, this film is true masterpiece, and deserving of more attention. However, considering the few people that reviewed this film gave it a 8.9 rating, I am not alone.
  • Seraphero8 June 2017
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    Morometii (meaning the Moromete family) is an adaptation of the first volume of a modern classic of Romanian literature, bearing the same name, published in two volumes (1955 and 1967) by Marin Preda, who is rightly considered as one of the bestpost-WW2 Romanian novelists.

    Ilie Moromete faces constant problems: his sister's nagging, taxes and the work in the fields, whilst his older sons, almost grown-up, are now showing signs of rebellion. The book on which the film is based famously starts with the phrase "time showed endless patience to the people". Yet, in a period heralding irreversible changes, in between the two World Wars, the Moromete family is facing break-up. Ilie Moromete, a real 'pater familiar', magisterially played by Victor Rebengiuc, feels this, and tries to cling to a way of life which – now we know – is doomed both by the impending war and by the communist regime the Soviets will install.

    Time no longer has any patience and cracks have started to appear in the mesh of traditional peasant family. Film director Stere Gulea, taking over from Marin Preda, has managed to convey, through the character of Ilie Moromete, the archetype of the Romanian peasant.