A few years ago, I started to see “Train de vie” (“The train of life”) without knowing anything about its directing or acting. From the beginning, first five minutes, I have the feeling of something “Romanian”, then Romanian actors enter the scene, so the feeling is confirmed.
“Train de vie”, directed by Radu Mihaileanu, is actually a production by France, Belgium, Netherlands, Israel and Romania.
A tragicomedy film having in centre the story Schlomo … a story during The Second World War … an entirely European Jewish village trying to escape the Holocaust … for that, some of them pretend to be Nazis … and from here the comedy in a tragic situation. One of the masterpiece moments of the movie … the meeting between the Jewish and Gypsies found in the same condition … a dance ensemble showing the richness of two different cultures joined through music.
And so, starting from this film, I wanted to find more about the Romanian name, Radu Mihaileanu. He is actually a French film director and screen player of Jewish origin, born in 1958 in Bucharest, Romania. In 1980, in the communist period, he left Romania going to Israel and from there in France for study at the IDHEC cinematographic institute in Paris.
“Va, vie et deviens” (“Live and become”) was the next movie of Radu Mihaileanu I saw, a movie distinguished with the Most Popular International Film at Vancouver Festival in 2005 and with a Cesar Prize for screen in 2006. A profound film that tells the story of a Christian Ethiopian boy saved and raised by a Jewish woman, a character permanently confronted with the secrets of his origins and the pain of leaving his birth mother.
The biggest public success was achieved by Radu Mihaileanu in 2009 with “Le concert” (“The concert”). The show is placed in the prestigious Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, sustained by an orchestra composed by Jewish and Gypsy musicians conducted by a former world-famous conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre, in the back of all this the tragic story of the origins of Anne-Marie, a great violin interpret.
I won’t say much about his last comedy, “La source des Femmes” (“The Source”), you must see it!
So, go see the movies of Radu Mihaileanu, a director with Jewish origin, eastern experience, western education and maybe for that, with an amazing variety of situations in his brilliant compositions: „Trahir” (1993), “Bonjour Antoine” (1997), “Train de vie” (1998), “Les pygmees de Carlo” (2002), “Va,vie et deviens” (2005), “Le Concert” (2009), “La Source des Femmes” (2011).
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