Romania / United States 2016, 74 min, English and Romanian, Hebrew & English subtitles
Truth seems like fiction and fiction seems like fact in this unusual film. In Communist Romania of the 1980s, “Dallas” was the only glimpse of Western life allowed by the government, which hoped that the show would teach people how phony and deceptive capitalism is. But the people, including Livia Ungur, took something else from “Dallas”. They fell in love with the Ewing family, dreamed of being just as rich, and when “Bobby” died, they went into mourning. Years after the Iron Curtain fell, Ungur returns to her childhood haunts with Patrick Duffy, who is stepping back into the character’s shoes in a Romanian hotel, built as an exact replica of the TV ranch. With Duffy participating in the nostalgic fantasy, they move between reality and imagination, between true confessions and delusions.
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