Closer To The Moon Review

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Mark Strong in a Romanian black comedy about a commie-baiting bank heist? Closer To The Moon is a curiosity, no doubt — but also a delight. The ever-excellent British actor leads a gang of disillusioned former World War II resistance fighters in a futile fuck-you to the powers-that-be in 1959 Romania. The twist is that when they are caught, the authorities force them to re-enact events for a propaganda film, under the innocent eye of cameraman Harry Lloyd (charming). A strong ensemble embrace the absurdity with gusto. And writer/director Nae Caranfil’s unlikely, odd little film is quietly moving — all the more so because it is true.