Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) (2009)
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A cop finds himself growing uncomfortable with his latest assignment in this study in the nature of power and authority from Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu. Cristi (Dragos Bucur) is a seasoned police detective who has just gotten married to Anca (Irina Saulescu) and wants to keep his superiors happy. Cristi's boss, Nelu (Ion Stoica), has ordered the detective to keep a close watch on Victor (Radu Costin), a teenager who is suspected of dealing drugs for a local cartel. Cristi has spent
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An absorbing and contemplative detective story in which the high point of the action involves reading from a dictionary. Really.
Porumboiu's style is steady, observational, his camera tracking Cristi along the streets in much the way Cristi tracks his subject.
I suspect that those versed in the arcana of Romanian politics will get the most out of this movie, but its moral issues, revolving as they do around matters of rightness and repression, are certainly universal.
Simultaneously a police procedural, an analysis of language and imagery, a philosophical debate about law and justice, and a very, very dry Romanian Martini -- so dry that, at first, one doesn't quite taste much of anything.
The film proceeds at Detective Cristi's pace, stopping and starting, hiding and emerging, scanning and staring, as the languid camera surveys the dismal neighborhoods with undisguised ennui.
Intellectually and aesthetically Police, Adjective is a film of merit but that doesn't make it any easier to endure.
Un viaje a través de los laberintos del poder y de la burocracia, con una economía narrativa que, por más que ponga a prueba la paciencia del espectador, luce plenamente al servicio de su anécdota.
It's one of those films which, on its placid but pointed surface, seems to be about nothing very much but manages by its end to tell us a great deal.
Sadly, the film does little more than illuminate the audacity of a film-maker intent on testing the benevolence of his audience by presenting them with nothing of interest to watch.
The insidious humour and fascination with moral quandaries keep it consistently engrossing.
This whole film is very "police": that is, not exciting or dramatic, but suspicious, cynical and exhausted.
Complex, intellectually rigorous and yet incredibly enjoyable on multiple levels.
Porumboiu's film is proof that a police procedural can be compelling even without the genre's usual maverick sleuthing or combustible action.
A riveting slice of Romanian new wave drama, haunted by shadows of the Ceausescu era and never less than thought-provoking.
A "police procedural" with a difference: the policeman hero refuses to proceed.
Porumboiu's minimalist style can be a chore to sit through at times, but part of the film's brilliant innovation is how it manages to be so rich while expending as little effort as possible.
There's something comic about cops writing dictionary definitions on a blackboard. But there's a tragic undertone as well, because those in power get to define what those words mean.
It moves at a snail's pace. And it's visually dispiriting. Have I talked you into seeing it yet? ... It's worthwhile -- especially for those interested in how words can become instruments of power.
This kind of boredom -- the soul-crushing boredom of experiencing someone else's tedium for a change -- can do strange things to a movie-goer.
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