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That Trip We Took With Dad

Die Reise mit Vater

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

1968: the times they are a changin’, with unrest building around the world, including in Eastern Europe. This family comedy features the Reinholtz household: father William (Ovidiu Schumacher) and sons Mihai (Alexandru Margineanu) and Emil (Razvan Enciu). They’re of German origin, living in Romania, but when a sick William needs surgery the trio must head off to Germany for the operation. Things go haywire when they hit Czechoslovakia; it’s the Prague Spring period, and Soviet tanks have just started to roll in looking to crush the subversive movement…

The humour here is sharp and wide-ranging, and the look at politics is refreshingly complex, with the contradictions and confusions of life in the Eastern Bloc laid bare. Though it addresses state repression and rank injustice, the movie is the opposite of preachy: it’s a political work that hits its targets but doesn’t bludgeon them. The film is firmly grounded in the period of its setting, but its observations register potently today: Communism may be dead, but folly—individual and institutional—will be with us forever.

"[A] warm and engaging family dramedy… deserves every one of its 111 minutes."—Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film

Canadian premiere
Country of Origin: Romania/Germany/Hungary
Year: 2016
Running Time: 111 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In German, Romanian with English subtitles
Related Links: Facebook | Trailer | Cineuropa review
Cast: Alex Mărgineanu, Răzvan Enciu, Ovidiu Schumacher, Susanne Bormann, Manuel Klein, Doru Ana
Producer: David Lindner Leporda, Verona Maier
Screenwriter: Anca M. Lăzărescu
Cinematographer: Christian Stangassinger
Editor: Dan Olteanu, Hansjörg Weissbrich
Production Design: Petra Albert
Music: Ferenc Darvas
Print Source: Filmallee GmbH

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