Cristi is a policeman who refuses to arrest a young man who offers hashish to two of his school mates. Cristi believes that the law will change, he does not want the life of a young man to be a burden on his conscience. For his superior the word conscience has a different meaning…
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"Lads, you know what we're doing here? Dialectics, that's what it's called. Do you know what that means?" - Formally courageous, belligerently ponderous, defiantly cerebral. A crawling meditation on the insidious function of language and semantics within the law, as they intersect the rights, freedoms and morals of the citizen and the upholding of the oppressive state. Seriously, this fella is a fkn genius
I'm drastically shocked by this movie. Extreme minimalism, thoroughly fixed long-take, miraculous mixture of sheer reality and critical fable. Seeing this, I'm convinced that Corneliu Porumboiu is one of the best director and Romanian New Wave is the most exciting forefront genre of film.
Certainly not a Hollywood type police drama---not much action,just focus on the tedious,measured pace of police work.
We are drawn into the fascinating dilemma faced by this Cop,with sparse dialogue where every word matters.
Maddeningly slow-paced. Any elements of a compelling story are drowned out by vast stretches of mind-numbing minutia. A common scene in this film would be an endless extended take of a character walking down a dreary street. Then maybe he goes home and eats dinner. That's 40 minutes right there. I've heard arguments for how brilliant this film is, but it must have all been lost on me, because I was bored to tears.
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.
Long shots, impressive in it's reality, and after all ... so precise on the subject. Romanian cinematographers (Pintilie, Mungiu, Porumboiu, etc.) brings the new senses of realism, perhaps more understandable for us who lives in the Balkans. Favorite characters: Gina and Nelu.
This film has two of the best scenes I have seen this year (and yes, one is the ending) dry at times even dull but comedy that springs from real life and ethical / philosophical questioning is very rare.