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Charlie Countryman (2013)

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (original title)
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While travelling abroad, a guy falls for a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in her violent, charismatic ex.

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Fredrik Bond

Writer:

Matt Drake
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shia LaBeouf ... Charlie Countryman
Evan Rachel Wood ... Gabi Ibanescu
Mads Mikkelsen ... Nigel
Til Schweiger ... Darko
Rupert Grint ... Karl
James Buckley ... Luc
Ion Caramitru ... Victor Ibanescu
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Bill
Melissa Leo ... Kate
Andrei Finti ... Bela
Aubrey Plaza ... Ashley
Lachlan Nieboer ... Ted
Vanessa Kirby ... Felicity
Gabriel Spahiu ... Taxi Driver
Bogdan Farkas Bogdan Farkas ... Hostel Clerk (as Bodgan Farcas)
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Storyline

While travelling abroad, a guy falls for a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in her violent, charismatic ex.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The only way to save the one you love, is to die


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some brutal violence, language throughout, sexuality/nudity, and drug use. | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Romania

Language:

English | Romanian

Release Date:

13 September 2013 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Countryman See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,973, 17 November 2013

Gross USA:

$11,650

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$443,990
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the early years of development, Shia LaBeouf dropped out of the project, and the title role was briefly given to Zac Efron, before LaBeouf returned to the project. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie Countryman is running back to his hostel after Gabi Ibanescu tells him she'll kiss him if he finds her tomorrow, Charlie runs without his shoes and socks on after he removed them to show Gabi a ballet move. But when he is hit by the car he has his shoes and socks back on. See more »

Quotes

Victor Ibanescu: It is problems which make us who we are, which give us character.
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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.12 (2013) See more »

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Chaje Shukarije
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The Sincere and Stylish efforts of a Plagiarist!
24 December 2013 | by sohansuragSee all my reviews

The things we do for love. People end up doing the dumbest things when in love, its a known fact. Love is blind, they say and 'they' are true, most of the time if not all. Charlie Countryman is the story of Charlie played by Shia LaBeuof in a similar scenario. The director Fredrick Bond's debut movie, Charlie Countryman stands out in terms of visual flair and style.

Shia LaBeuof, surprisingly shows off his astounding acting skills here. He's come a long way from his Witwicky days and it shows. Charlie was a splendid role Shia was put into, quirky and goofy still, but way better than his earlier works. I'd say he displays a much more mature performance here. And it remains to see how well he'll perform in Lars Von Triers' erotic epic Nymphomaniac. It was hard to take eyes off Evan Rachel Wood who was inexplicably gorgeous as Gabi. Except when she talked in a odd Romanian accent, when half of the charm jumped off a cliff. It was hard to believe Charlie and Gabi could fall in love in such a short time. I can infer Charlie's feelings for her, being as naive as he was but Gabi, having gone through a fair chunk of regretful past, it just felt weird that she got smitten by him; nonetheless it worked wonders when they were on screen together. Mads Mikkelsen plays the psychopath thug Nigel and couldn't be more insane and intimidating.

The movie has a weak storyline and a weaker screenplay, but those are forgettable when the movie looks this gorgeous. I never thought Romania would be this alive. Fredrick, having directed music videos, knows how to take the shots beautifully and stylishly. The scenes were smeared with subtle color tones which made it feel like it was both warm and cold. And I said the story was only weak but it does keep things intriguing till end. Especially Charlie's ability or delusion to talk to the dead was a zany mechanic that kept the story moving.

An immense influence of music can be seen throughout the movie. Once again, Fredrick's experience with music videos comes into play making the movie's soundtrack enlivened with tracks from Moby, The XX and M83. Christophe Beck's score was also soothing to the ear.

Charlie Countryman might not be everybody's cup of tea but it was purely a sensory enrapturing experience for me. It has got comedy, action, drama and most of all romance, and it might have been more, had it got an NC-17 rating for its oral sex scene which was cut by MPAA so as to get it rated R. It might not be a worthy contender or come listed in this years best movies, but do give it a chance, have a walk in Romania with Charlie Countryman and fall in love with Gabi.


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