Unglücklicherweise wird er Zeuge eines häuslichen Streits, der zum Mord ausartet. Patrascu sieht sich zwei ungleichen Nachbarn gegenüber: Der eine ist der bizarre Mörder und der andere sein eigenes Gewissen.
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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.
Review published at Next Projection
While the film may momentarily captivate or impress, it never truly feels complete.
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Marketed as Romania's Rear Window, this is true only if Hitchcock had followed Jimmy Stewart around a Car Registration company through endless scene after endless scene and he had not so much witnessed a murder as heard about one and the killer not so much come after him as been passive agressive. Not entirely without interest but needs to be damned with the faintest of praise.
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".
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.