Cristi is a policeman who refuses to arrest a young man who offers hashish to two of his school mates. “Offering” is punished by the law. Cristi believes that the law will change, he does not want the life of a young man he considers irresponsible to be a burden on his conscience. For his superior the word conscience has a different meaning… —Cannes Film Festival
Corneliu Porumboiu (born September 14, 1975) is a Romanian film director and screenwriter. His 2006 feature 12:08 East of Bucharest won him the Camera d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival. He is the son of well-known football referee Adrian Porumboiu. —Wikipedia
introduced it yesterday as part of a short series of romanian new wave films. found it much more funnier than I used to, but also much more constructed. blocks of realism trapped in a dialectic cage. which didn't worsen my appreciation for the film at all.
I am beginning to explore this Romanian New Wave movement and I really liked this movie. A police film (n.) that defies the conventions of a detective-cop movie in ways similar to Breathless. Police films usually lead us to action, but 50% of Police, Adj. is Cristi waiting around. His job is following pot-smoking teenagers and dealing with Romanian red-tape and we are forced to sit there with him and wait. I dig it.
Though not quite up to the level set by "12:08 East of Bucharest" this is a clever examination of procedure, routine, morality and in the end lanquage. The pacing is quite deliberate and numbing after awhile but also quite mesmerizing. Performances are adequate save Vlad Ivanov who appears as the police captain in the final reel proving his performance in '4 Months..." was no one-off. A simple premise but clever.
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