Great performance by the lead actor. Creepy to watch him try to carry on his business while the passive-aggressive murderer inveigles himself into the family's life. The son's last sleep-talking pronouncement sounds like Patrascu's conscience struggling to be heard.
An enjoyable slow burn thriller/drama that plays out a bit like a cross between Blow Up and any number of intimate World Cinema offerings. The central characters are nicely realised, as is the whole core of the premise, and the script serves both the cast and the ideas being explored very well.
A wonderful character study in the guise of a murder thriller. A strong lead performance that pulls us in each and every scene. A fascinating dive into a man's psyche who sits on a dark secret. His reasoning seems to be his own and yet... it is pure and simple at its base. Very humanistic in many ways. Also contains, one of the more realistic fight scenes that I have seen in some time. Very strong work all around.
I am with Marcus Killerby's review on this one. This is hardly original stuff ("Rear Window"? Really?), painfully slow & dull as ditchwater. One or two redeeming facets - I thought the boy's insomnia was a nice touch - but on the whole, not worth the time. A slice of life gone bad in the fridge.
A classic suspense movie at its finest, but with a twist of hard realism. This film capitalized the drama and tension throughout the film keeping it discreetly constant. Although the dialogue and cinematography effects lacked dominance, the story line leveled it out as this film built into a devastating figure of a weak man and weak society which have both steered clear from morality.
"One Floor Below" is a very realistic movie, but I think it's too realistic. I usually don't mind slow films, but when there's about 3 minutes of anything happening in a one hour and thirty minute film, it gets a little too boring. I liked the story, but the set up for what was actually going on was very weak. I knew the "twist" right from the start, and was waiting in anticipation for a climax that hardly happened.
A minuciously realist portrait of the suffocating impact of inaction and silence in the face of a moral crisis. Corban’s masterclass in economic expressiveness and almost imperceptible telegraphy of internal conflict is amazing, as is Muntean’s careful escalation of tension through the use of quiet mundane observation. Still, the screenplay is quite inconsequential and the characters are strangely under-realized.
While in my opinion not his best work, i found the movie to be a true piece of real life story - the kind Romanian new wave cinema is so good at. The long scenes shot with the smallest detail allow the audience to get into the story, and try to get into the head of the main character. We are voyeurs and the tension is truly there, reminding of Hitchocock's "Rear window".
This is some crisp, slow-burn Geroges Simenon shit. Scrupulous. This lead: Teodor Corban. Total everyman, total gravitas. I love these Romanian films for the way they deal so bemusedly in bureaucracy, post-communist institutionality, and authority flouting. This will appeal to fans of Chabrol and Tavernier.