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Romulus My Father

ROMULUS, MY FATHER is based on Raimond Gaita’s critically acclaimed memoir of the same name. It tells the story of Romulus (Eric Bana), his beautiful wife, Christina (Franka Potenta), and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond (Kodi Smit-McPhee).

It is the tale of a boy – Raimond, trying to balance a universe described by his deeply moral father, against the experience of heartbreaking absence and neglect from a depressive mother. It is, ultimately, a story of impossible love that celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son. It involves issues dealing with mental illness during a time when there was little knowledge of treatments, when the treatments that did exist were archaic, struggle as immigrants in a new country, family and extended family and love for a father, all seen from the point of view of a young boy – Raimond.

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Megan Lehmann, AP - The Hollywood Reporter
Megan Lehmann, AP - The Hollywood Reporter
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The subject matter may be weighty and often painful, but the film is truly beautiful to look at. The period detail is flawless but not overt. And, while cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson bathes everything in a tawny glow, the sparse-leaved gums and scattered granite boulders give the landscape a haunting austerity.
Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
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The darkness of the story is counterbalanced by some of the most radiantly beautiful cinematography I've seen in a long time.
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