OF SNAILS AND MEN

DES ESCARGOTS ET DES HOMMES

By Tudor GIURGIU

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Comedy - Completed 2011


Festivals
& Awards

Warsaw FF 2012
Int'l Competition Special Jury Award
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Comedy, Drama
    • Countries
    • ROMANIA
    • Languages
    • ROMANIAN
    • Duration
    • 94 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Tudor GIURGIU
    • Writer(s)
    • Ionut TEIANU
    • Producer(s)
    • Oana GIURGIU (LIBRA FILMS), Patrick SOBELMAN (AGAT FILMS ET CIE)
    • Synopsis
    • 1994. Small town of Muscel, Romania. The state-owned car factory has just gone bankrupt and will be privatised in a week. The buyer is a French company who announce to theworkers that they will convert the plant into a snail cannery.
      George, the union leader, has a crazy idea: why not convince the workers to sell their sperm to a newly-opened Bucharest sperm bank and then buy the plant and save all their jobs. George receives help from Manuela, the director’s ambitious secretary, who let him know about the secret agreement between the Romanian management and the French: after the transaction is concluded, all the workers will be fired and factory’s assets will be sold. George’s colleagues follow him and decide to go for his crazy plan. Back home, Ana, George’s wife, leaves him due to his infidelity and incapacity to focus on the family issues.
      Unfortunately the operation fails as a doctor explains to George that Romanian worker’s sperm doesn’t sell well on the international market... their clients prefer samples from welleducated upper class donors. The French finally buy the factory and fire the entire 2500 workforce. Manuela plans to leave
      the country with one of the French buyers while George goes back home to his wife and child, even though he found out in the end he’s not the real father of his boy. Family is reunited and happy altogether as George decides to stay quiet about his discovery.
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