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The Paper Will Be Blue (2006)

Hîrtia va fi albastrã (original title)
Out of enthusiasm, a Militia soldier abandons his platoon and decides to fight for the cause of the Revolution. His Lieutenant and the rest of the crew look for him during the confused night of 22-23 December 1989.

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Radu Muntean
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Ipate ... Costi
Adi Carauleanu Adi Carauleanu ... Lt. Neagu
Dragos Bucur ... Dragos
Tudor Istodor ... Bogdan
Alexandru Potocean ... Vasile
Andi Vasluianu ... Aurel
Dana Dogaru Dana Dogaru ... Dna Andronescu
Ion Sapdaru Ion Sapdaru ... Craciun
Mimi Branescu ... Lt. Deleanu
Alexandru Georgescu Alexandru Georgescu ... Lt. Voinescu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virgil Aioanei Virgil Aioanei ... Soldat Vila
Valentin Antofi Valentin Antofi ... Redactor TVR
Dorian Boguta ... Ranit (as Doru Boguta)
Viorel Comanici Viorel Comanici ... Maior Costinas
Constantin Dita Constantin Dita ... Panghe
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Storyline

Out of enthusiasm, a Militia soldier abandons his platoon and decides to fight for the cause of the Revolution. His Lieutenant and the rest of the crew look for him during the confused night of 22-23 December 1989.

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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

13 October 2006 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

The Paper Will Be Blue See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR700,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,419
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Multimedia Est See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the opening scene, the filming location is in the proximity of an actual military base in west Bucharest. There is a railway between the Militia patrol car and the Army armored vehicle. The railway has a stone border which didn't exist in 1989. It was added in the early 2000's. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Neagu: [The engine starts working with a loud noise.] I said wait a second.
Dragos: No, I'm just turning on the engine; it's already freezing.
Vasile: There were snowstorms this time last winter.
Dragos: We're lucky it's warm outside, or else no one would have started a fucking revolution.
Lt. Neagu: Don't say that; the cold was one of the reasons that drove people to the revolution too.
Dragos: The cold in their homes. But it's warm outside.
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This film is a good first step in beginning to make sense of the last days of the Ceausescu regime.
7 September 2007 | by domnulxSee all my reviews

This is a film about one of the most iconic and fateful events of the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the liberation of Romania in December, 1989. It was the most brutal confrontation of that historical period, and the one that is perhaps least understood.

The film opens with a scene of senseless violence, a case of confusion and wild gunfire in the dawn hours of December 23, 1989. This serves as the context and creates the mood of panic, confusion and deadly danger of this film.

The film takes us inside an armored militia vehicle as it patrols the streets of Bucharest on the darkest night of revolution. The soldiers are confused, unsure of even the most basic truths about their job: Who are they protecting? What are they defending and who are they fighting? Who are they serving? What country is this? The soldiers have no idea,and they prefer not to think about it.

This is the story of revolution. What seems to us such heroic activity guided by higher ideals of liberty and justice, is often unimaginable confusion and wasteful carnage.

The performances are very good, the characterizations low keyed and hemmed in, just as these soldiers are hemmed in by the circumstances they find themselves in. The dialog is terse and chattering, in nervous counterpoint to the deadly serious events. But the events are at times mercilessly confusing, and this tends to decrease the impact of some of the key scenes. Just because the characters are confused doesn't mean that the film viewers should be as well! This is especially true at the television station when it is quite difficult to tell which side the soldiers there are defending.

In general, the film is quite successful in that it brings the viewer into that time and place, and makes the madness come alive. I think there is room for further development of some of the characters, as there is so much irony in their predicament that is only obliquely alluded to. As for the ending, I was a bit disappointed that the filmmaker chose not to show the final scene that we are left to imagine. It seems like a choice of modesty that does not give full impact to the pathological nature of war.


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