California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit) (Endless)
California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit) (Endless) (2007)

Romanian director Cristian Nemescu's comedy California Dreamin' (aka Nesfarsit, 2007) unfolds against the backdrop of the Kosovo War, circa 1999. A NATO train rolls through a Romanian hamlet, transporting a plethora of weapons… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 26, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Anthony Lane
New Yorker

It could use a trim, but only rarely does it strain for effect, and, for a young man, Nemescu was uncannily versed in the emotions of middle age.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

At its present length it sprawls shamelessly in terms of the ultimate futility of its narrative.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

A solid film that reminds us of how America is perceived throughout the world, and what a loss it was that director Nemescu died so young.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

For now at least, we have to be content with this pleasing comedy in search of an editor.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Nemescu's promising young voice will be sorely missed, not only in Romanian cinema but also on the international scene.

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Sean Axmaker

... part goofy village comedy, part geopolitical allegory, part satire.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

California Dreamin' is a rambunctious, closely observed comedy of cultural collision.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A sharp-edged socio-political satire that clearly lets Americans know how they are viewed abroad by foreigners.

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Cynthia Fuchs

California Dreamin' mostly observes a series of complicated personal interactions, its point helped along by Doiaru's speeches concerning the ongoing American failure even to try to comprehend the populations it invades, assimilates, abuses, and buys off.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Ross Collins
Reviews make this movie sound like a Romanian Kusturica movie, but the truth is that this story about bureaucracy is every bit as dull as its subject: "An… More
Walter M.
It is 1999, and Captain Doug Jones(Armand Assante) is leading a joint NATO taskforce through Romania to bring telecommunications equipment to aid in the bombing… More
Gordon Anderson
Interesting tale of culture clash at a Romanian train station linked to historical events. Similar themes to the WWII 'Americans oversexed and… More
Daisy Maduro
California Dreaming was too long. For me the movie had multiple-personality disorder, meaning it was a comedy, a love story, then a touching story, suddenly a… More
Arash Xak
An unfinished excellent movie that has nothing less than a finished excellent movie
Robert Fearon
MIFF '08: Because the director died at some point during production, this film was released without an ending. I can't imagine what else they planned… More