Magnolia Pictures | Release Date: February 29, 2008
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ChadS.Apr 24, 2008
If your voice breaks in the outback, and nobody's there to hear it, should you shave your pubes? Rai(Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a loner. If he was sociable, "Romulus, My Father" could've been a coming-of-age film like John Duigan's If your voice breaks in the outback, and nobody's there to hear it, should you shave your pubes? Rai(Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a loner. If he was sociable, "Romulus, My Father" could've been a coming-of-age film like John Duigan's "The Year My Voice Broke", and its sequel "Flirting"; both set in Australia, both starring Noah Taylor. When Rai follows his crazy mother to the city, "Romulus, My Father" raises our hopes that something, anything, will happen after such an inert beginning. For a second there, things look promising. The maladjusted country boy approaches a girl in a white dress. She's dancing on her porch like a hellcat to "Wild One". It's summer. It's his chance to come-of-age. But he strikes out. She's a "real wild child", and Rai's a real square sad sack, for not recognizing the voice and piano-playing of Jerry Lee Lewis. Rai doesn't come-of-age at boarding school either. His only friend is a book. It's while he's at the academy that he has a falling out with his mother. "Romulus, My Father" is missing that crucial scene, in which father and child talk about Christina(Franka Potente). There's an albatross hovering over Rai's head that needs shooing away. Melodrama isn't melodrama, if the scene is grounded in emotional truth. "Romulus, My Father" doesn't need to be a crowd-pleaser, but it's sometimes soporific, and hard to watch. Collapse
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JayH.Apr 17, 2008
Solid story and acting, nice feel for the times. Sensitively directed, well written. It does get a bit slow at times however, and these slow stretches do hurt the effect of the film.
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