Synopsis: Based on the true story of an impoverished, unemployed mother of seven living under subhuman conditions in a cave-like basement of a block of flats in newly post-communist Romania. When her drunken husband loses his job and eventually goes away, her sad reality gets even bleaker as she struggles to support her children.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Cãlin Peter Netzer
  10 wins & 5 nominations.
97 min




A Romanian-German-French


With the support of EURIMAGES and

The National Centre of Cinematography

A film by Peter Calin Netzer

Based on a real story

My mournful... eyes...

with longing... cry...

And up... to heavens... they aspire.

My thoughts... among the stars...

y high...

Ma, look, my brother!

It's a rabbit, not your bro !

Then why the lady on the 1st

oor sais we breed like rabbits?

Nicolae, ask something nice

for a change. Or better shut up!

How can I ask anything

if I shut up?

Mother! Let's go!

1, 2, 3, 4...

Ma, what comes after 4?

- Prick!

- 1, 2, 3, 4, prick, 6...

I told you to speak nice.

Ma, take me in your arms!

I'm tired!

| mustn't cany anything.

Give me you hand.

No! I want in your arms.

l'll kiss you...

| promisse you to speak nice.

- I wanted to show you I can count.

- Be quiet for Pete's sake!


- The baby's coming!

- Mother!

Kids, the baby's coming!

- Come on, Costin!

- Kids, it's the 7th, the7th...

- Who's gonna carry me?

- Walk, sucker, you got feet.

I can't. They're too short.

Dad can bring me another.

He's the king of baloons !

This is good for Nicolae.


There's bad news and good news.

The bad news is that

the factory will be closed.

You'll have to leave the premises.

The new security service is here.

And the pay due?

The new owner, Mr. American,

doesn't recognize any debt.

He promised after he'd refurbished

the factory and got things going,

he'd hire back some of us.

Some? And the others?

The good news is

he says it's OK

if instead of the owing pay you take

two boxes of balloons each.

- Again balloons?

- Balloons? Not again!

- Five kilos per person.

- I don't need any.

- And sell them? You buy?

- Go to a fair!

Our houses are awash

with balloons.

Folks, take your boxes

and leave the bay.

- Severance pay, not balloons!

- Quiet!

Take the boxes and leave peacefully.

- Come on, it's not the first time!

- Help me, Mala!

Be brave, what the heck!

Push some more!

Now! Come, Maria.

Breathe deeply!

You're almost there.

That's good!

Now, push hard, Maria!

One more time! Take a deep


Come on, Maria!

It's a boy, Maria! Bless him!

Long live May Day!

Long live May Day!

"Who built the pub in my way

knew that's where I'd stay..."

Don't be sad, man. The American

put us out of our misery.

Should build him a statue.

Now we can start our own business.

I've got a thousand ideas!

For instance,

we chop old car tires

and sell the product

to sports tracks, to tennis courts...

Cut the crap!

F*** the sport tracks!

Listen to this!

And here we don't need any car.

The sister of my step father's

aunt, not this one, the other...

However, she sells Quick Slim.

50% commission. Sounds great!

She's looking for sales agents.

What do you say?

You're right, it's bullshit.

If you don't eat

you don't need slimming products.

Gee, I guess folks'd kick us out!

Shut yourtrap!

Kill me, but I have to tell you this.

Man, this is really a great idea.

Wait! Look at those:

they make 30 bucks a day.

At least 10 they surely make.

Every day.

And they do nothing.

Just take off their knickers,

if they wear any.

The man is bonkers!

| see things in a ash

and | get so many original ideas!

I wasn't thinking of humping

the drivers. Yach!

But humping the....

Wait, man!

Wait, you idiot! I was thinking

of humping the lady drivers.

I saw many women driving trucks,

I tell you.

Long trips and a body has its


Danish, Swedish, German ladies,

modern women.

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