Romulus, My Father

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Overview

Longtime Australian actor Richard Roxburgh makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of Raimond Gaita's acclaimed memoir, adapted for the screen by poet Nick Drake and starring Eric Bana, Franka Potente, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Despite their hardships in life, Romulus Bana and his beautiful wife, Christina Potente, struggle to raise their son, Raimond Smit-McPhee, to the best of their abilities. As the deeply moral Romulus struggles to make up for the absence and neglect of the boy's depressive mother, ...
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Overview

Longtime Australian actor Richard Roxburgh makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of Raimond Gaita's acclaimed memoir, adapted for the screen by poet Nick Drake and starring Eric Bana, Franka Potente, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Despite their hardships in life, Romulus Bana and his beautiful wife, Christina Potente, struggle to raise their son, Raimond Smit-McPhee, to the best of their abilities. As the deeply moral Romulus struggles to make up for the absence and neglect of the boy's depressive mother, father and son build an unbreakable bond that is only strengthened with the passing of time.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Making of Romulus; Deleted scenes; Storyboards
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • UPC: 876964001298
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Magnolia
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 50,597

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Bana Romulus
Franka Potente Christina
Kodi Smit-McPhee Rai
Marton Csokas Hora
Russell Dykstra Mitru
Jacek Koman Vacek
Alethea McGrath Mrs. Lillie
Esme Melville Miss Collard
Terry Norris Tom Lillie
Technical Credits
Richard Roxburgh Director, Associate Producer
Suresh Ayyar Editor
Eric Bana Associate Producer
Robert Connolly Producer
Angela Conte Makeup
Robert Cousins Production Designer
Nick Drake Producer
Nick Drake Screenwriter
Jodie Fried Costumes/Costume Designer
Raimond Gaita Producer
Gary Hamilton Executive Producer
Basil Hogios Score Composer
Jacek Koman Producer
John Maynard Producer
Andrew Myer Executive Producer
Sam Petty Sound/Sound Designer
Ann Robinson Casting
Geoffrey Simpson Cinematographer
Victor Syrmis Executive Producer
Gary Wilkins Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Romulus, My Father
1. Romulus [6:19]
2. Christina's Arrival [8:25]
3. Visiting Hora [4:47]
4. Chicken Eggs [5:41]
5. The Accident [6:12]
6. Disposing the Razor [8:02]
7. The Summer of 1961 [5:26]
8. Can't Afford the Rent [5:04]
9. Back with Father [6:22]
10. Raimond's Birthday [7:24]
11. Changes [10:16]
12. Sorrow [5:54]
13. Falling Apart [4:14]
14. Hard Times [9:32]
15. Father and Son [5:31]
16. End Credits [4:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Romulus, My Father
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      Audio: English 5.1
      Audio: English 2.0
      Subtitles: Spanish - On
      Subtitles: Spanish - Off
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      The Making of Romulus, My Father
      Deleted Scenes
      Storyboards
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth Your Time

    This movie is top notch. Wonderful performances, deeply moving story. Well worth your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Philosopher Concerned with Ethics Reflects on His Childhood

    Raimond Gaita is not a name widely known to the world outside Australia where he serves as a professor of philosophy, writing extensively on 'skepticism (moral, of other minds and of the external world), on the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of psychology, on aspects of political philosophy (collective responsibility, the role of moral considerations in politics, genocide and the alleged uniqueness of the Holocaust), on education (the nature of teaching as a vocation, the role of love in learning and the plight of the universities) and on Wittgenstein's philosophy of mind and language'. After this filmed version of his memoir ROMULUS, MY FATHER, he may well gain a larger audience. This low budget film uses fewer words than silences and actions to depict the childhood of Gaita in the period around 1960. For many it may seem an aimless, prolonged, sad film, but for others it will deliver a life force in a sensitive child that is indomitable. Romulus Gaita (Eric Bana) immigrated to Australia from Yugoslavia with his wife Christina (Franka Potente) and their son Raimond (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Romulus works as a blacksmith and farmer to support his family: Christina is not happy with the confinement of marriage and motherhood and finds frequent reasons to have promiscuous jaunts away from her small house and maternal duties. Romulus and Raimond are very close and find ways to exist without Christina, especially when Christina has an extended affair with a family friend Mitru (Russell Dykstra) and has a child by him. Despite warm support from Raimond and his best friend Hora (Marton Csokas), Romulus decompensates and his radical behavior results in his hospitalization in a mental institution. How Raimond's bond with his beloved father endures despite the endless tragedies that befall his 'home' provides the closure of this tender memoir. Nick Drake provides the screenplay from Gaita's book, Richard Roxburgh directs, Basil Hogios provides the sparse musical score for Geoffrey Simpson's magnificent cinematography of the desolate plains of Australia. But it is the solid performances by Eric Bana and Kodi Smit- McPhee as father and son that make this film so memorable. Grady Harp

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