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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during this film I've always had the impression that the director is trying to test the public's patience by submitting it to 2 hours of endless hope. hope that something, anything would happen. spoiler: it didn't.
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.
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.
"Do you know what we are doing"
"Having a meeting?"
"No engaging in dialectics"
Wonderful dark comedy. Great attention to details in the screenplay -- "A for Alex, I for Ion not Judas, C for Cristi" -- and in the shots.