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.