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California Dreamin' Review

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A railway chief delays a NATO train transporting military equipment during the war in Kosovo in 1999.

★★★★★

Questioning both the US’ ability to be the guardian of global democracy and the benefits of liberty in post-Ceausescu Romania, this bleak comedy was left unfinished at the car-crash death of 27 year-old feature debutant, Cristian Nemescu.

Yet this is still a perceptive insight into cultural discrepancy and political corruption, with Razvan Vasilescu impressive as the scheming stationmaster who detains a NATO train heading for Kosovo in 1999 in order to exploit the US Marines on board.

Moreover, there’s a deliciously dark inevitability about the way the riotous satire descends into tragedy.

Deliciously dark and laced with tragedy, this is a riotous satire.