Hawaii (2017)

  • Year: 2017
  • Released: 17 Nov 2017
  • Country: Romania
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  • IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5566714/
  • Rotten Tomatoes: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hawaii
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  • Available in: 720p,
  • Language: Romanian, English
  • MPA Rating: N/A
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime: 116 min
  • Writer: Jesús del Cerro, Manuel Feijóo, Beatriz G. Cruz
  • Director: Jesús del Cerro
  • Cast: Dragos Bucur, Cristina Flutur, Andi Vasluianu
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A drama set in Romania during the Communist era when a family is noticed that they had inherited a valuable land in Hawaii , but in that time just keeping one american dollar bill or having true coffee beans from outside the country was considered a fraud.—gaby_raducanu1

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Hawaii Movie Reviews

A decent film not about the actual Hawaii

I am a citizen of the country in which this film takes place and first of all I can attest to the production value being top notch. It captures that era perfectly. From the cars, buildings, clothing and even gestures and family dining manners everything is on par.

Be warned though as this is not an action movie but rather a lighthearted suspenseful romantic drama that doesn’t necessarily insist on depicting the Romanian communist era, but does this nonetheless indirectly through dialog and setting, which is a good thing.

The dialog is good, the acting is almost great and I was surprised to see older people in the theater enjoying this alongside teenagers! So the critics calling this a superficial communist era film are wrong. This actually appealed to younger audiences, as the film as a whole felt more like a drama in that era, not a film insisting to depict that era.

I was amused and entertained by this film and I recommend you go watch it in the afternoon, not in the evening (that’s for superhero movies and whatnot). Nothing heavy here but bonus points for putting some puzzle pieces together in my mind in regards to that time period. My rating is 7.5/10

It could have been much better

I am always eager to give Romanian cinema a chance. It almost always falls short somehow. It is the case of this film as well. Having lived more than half my life under the communist régime, I think I am entitled to judging the period in question. On the one hand, the physical depiction of the period is over all accurate to the most minute details: the glass fish decoration, the plastic table cloth, the cold, the darkness, the dull clothes, the lack of basic foods, the cigarettes which could buy favours, the pirated music, the onmipresence of the Securitate, the general sensation of insecurity- they’re all there. On the other hand, errors and discrepancies abund. They could have been easily avoided with the help of people of my age, who could have come forward with advice on the too striking inadequacies. The numerous Securitate officers display inaccurate hair cuts- all of them- culminating with the militia man who buys/ steals Florescu’s dollars: there used to be a typical hair cut, military style, not that longish hair. Factual errors are also numerous: in the beginning the film is clearly situated in 1988, whereas on the radio one can hear a famous excerpt from Ceausescu’s speech at the 14th party congress, from November ’89. Florescu in his taxi is reading a Scanteia newspaper about the end of the 13th party congress. That one happened in 1984. Having a fake passport fabricated right in the heart of Bucharest? Having Romanian citizens visit the American embassy for a meeting with the ambassador himself? Only in American movies. But the most over the top sequence is the one where all the neighbours get involved happily into helping with the construction of the balloon. This could have never happened in a time when everybody was afraid of everybody else- which is otherwise well rendered throughout the film. People were too self absorbed, too frightened and too coward to let themselves be involved in such an escape plan. Again, this is for the American movies. The ARO used for the trip to the Danube seems to have been produced later, in the ’90s. In the ’80s, that road along the Danube would have been chock full of potholes, let alone the impeccable marking. Half the actors have decent performances, the other half are subpar. And the children: how come the children in Romanian movies are so bad at acting? Again, yet another failed attempt.

Loved it!

I must say this is the first time a Romanian movie makes me go through a roller-coaster of emotions like this! All the cinema would laugh or exclaim a mad “aghhh!” from time to time,depending on the action, feeling the struggle of the main character. I felt like we were all there, with him, working, falling in love, hoping, trying to create a better life. I think all the actors did a great job ! My personal favorite is the grandpa, but all the actors created believable characters! No bad jokes or boring moments. The action captures you and until the end,you wait anxiously to see what will happen next ?!? It is not predictable at all, and as someone in the audience said this is a “different” movie-the action takes place in communism but it is not about communism. For someone who was little memories about that time, it is a good way to realize how things where, and appreciate more what we are able to do nowadays. I believe this is a movie for all ages, and you will not regret watching it!!!

Definitely recommended!