I had high hopes for this but it just plays flat and with the same pace throughout. Odd to not capitalise on the weed gag either. Standard run-of-the-mill comedy that is well cast and beautifully shot but fails to deliver. Nice referencing gag from one of the cast about Romanian cinema always being drab and depressing though. 2.5 stars
"Marfa și banii" better sequel or reinterpretation of American bromance comedy in better way than "Acasă la tata." Instead of casual misoginy, there is bitter situation of decliened rural city (I thought of Detroit-like but where is this?) with Ana Draghici's sophisticated cinematography & bitter sense like "I know it's miserable to say I miss old days but If I don't say that I can't stand this misery" Good dramedy.
Kind of a subject taken on from "Stuff and Dough" ("Marfa și banii"), at least that is the feeling I firstly got, given the fact that it has quite the same casting (Dragoș Bucur and Alexandru Papadopol), a short refference to Cristi Puiu's movie, and a trip to Bucharest involved. Overall I liked the film, it is funny, mellow, and reflects the odd subculture of Romania (which is why it will be harshly criticised).
Comic, light, benign, well-acted; low-key indie, universal story. Standing on the shoulders of Caragiale, Negoescu had the nose for sniffing out the centrality of man in places that are usually understood by fellow man as forgotten and out of time. 3.5