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Summary: Winner of the prestigious Cannes award Un Certain Regard in 2007, Cristian Nemescus film is based on a true story: a NATO train transporting military equipment is stopped in the middle of nowhere by an overzealous chief of a Romanian train station. Set against the backdrop of the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, the film explores with humor and gritty realism the impact that the arrival of the American soldiers led by Captain Jones has on the small village community. A cinematic tour de force not to be missed! (imdb)
Great story, but it really needed to be shortened in the final cut. Had Nemescu not died before editing was finished I suspect it would have been, and I might be reviewing a classic right now. Still, the culture difference is portrayed with both comedy and dignity, which is an achievement, and certain commonly held beliefs are questioned. Firstly, It forces the audience to consider all of the individual tragedies that simply become a statistic of war, and secondly, are the good guys really that?
Solid film. Reminds a bit of Tanovic's No Man's Land, though centered on a different bit of ineptitude around the Bosnia-Serbia conflict. The director hadn't finished editing when he tragically died in a car accident, and it shows a bit. The film lingers in a few places where it should pick up the pace. Also, the tone overall feels a bit too comic for where it's headed. I suspect these issues would have been ironed out with a few scenes trimmed here and there.