Flawed but ultimately convincing, heartfelt and yes, even funny. More than that however, a real rarity given the subject matter - the enslavement of the Roma people in the Romanian principalities (only abolished in the mid 19th century) - and all the more valuable for it (at least in Romania). The hideous Communist-era "historical epics" and their legacy can only finally be swept aside by films such as this.
An amazing portrayal of a 19th century Romanian bounty hunter set to bring back an outcast gipsy slave to its rightful owner. The problem is though, that the two are on the same side, they are both working for the boier. Thus, the searcher is faced with a difficult decision, which will not end pleasant. A wonderfully executed journey film, with a bit of humor and maybe not enough hope for the future.
aferim! is set somewhere between a road movie and a western fugitive movie but set to the, for most part, unknown backdrop of 19th century romania. unfortunately the exoticism of the unknown balkans is the most interesting thing about it. i could not help thinking of how old yugoslav comedies still seem fresher and better at subversive irony than this one.
Bigotry, authority, religion, sex, and history in all their absurd glory, like a remake of Andrei Rublev as a deadpan comedy where even the gorgeous CinemaScope photography seems to be in on the joke—at least until it can't be funny anymore. A wonderful look at the self-deception endemic to any era. Winner of Best Director at Berlinale, and an arthouse highlight of whatever year it commercially opens in the States.
This is what happens when you have a great folk story to tell, a perfectly written script and flawless photography. One of the best films this year. The director saturates the screen with people, animals, scenery and action in a discombobulated array which turns the spectator into a voyeur always on the lookout for the main characters who tend to appear and disappear before your eyes within an orderly chaos. Aferim!