CLOSER TO THE MOON, a terrifically original and entertaining movie about a bizarre incident that happened in that tiny eastern European country and involved a group of Jewish friends, anti-Nazi freedom fighters during WWII who are now out of favor with the conniving Commies in charge of the state.
Mark Strong and Vera Farmiga -- and was written and directed by a Romanian we ought to know better and see more of (Nae Caranfil, at right), this just adds to the don't-miss ammunition.
Life Is Beautiful that turned the Holocaust into an chance for laughs and sentimentality. Closer to the Moon does something a lot more interesting: giving us life and death, love and sex, tradition and a taste of modernity, art and propaganda, achievement and sacrifice, all within a movie within a movie -- in which ironies abound but are never cheap.
Christian McKay (above, center), Harry Lloyd (below, left), Alan Corduner, Anton Lesser, Joe Armstrong, Tim Plester and David de Keyser.
Rotten Tomatoes -- missed the boat. (Audiences however, knew better: 78% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.6 rating on the IMDB). When an arthouse/mainstream movie is this well-conceived and well-executed in the writing, directing and acting departments, and is full of ideas and simply beautiful to view, passing it up is a dumb idea indeed.
IFC Films and Sundance Selects and running 112 minutes -- this coming Tuesday, September 15.