Stuff and Dough (Marfa si banii) (2008)

Stuff and Dough (Marfa si banii)

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A twenty-something willing to walk the margins of the law for the right price finds that he's on a higher tightrope than he imagined in this compelling low-budget drama from Romania. Ovidiu (Alexandru Papadopol) is a young man with an entrepreneurial bent who is trying to launch a business selling snack food while still living in his parent's flat in Constanta. Needing cash to get his business off the ground, Ovidiu is more than willing to listen when he's approached by a local crime boss. It … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Cristi Puiu, Razvan Radulescu
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Mitropoulos Films

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Critic Reviews for Stuff and Dough (Marfa si banii)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Like so many recent Romanian films, Stuff and Dough is tremendously well made on almost no budget, and blends the rhythms of ordinary life with a subtly ominous atmosphere and elements of thriller.

Full Review… | May 1, 2008
Salon.com
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New York is beginning to look like Bucharest on the Hudson.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
New York Post
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Making the minutiae of life hold continuous interest is no easy task, as demonstrated by [Cristi] Puiu's fledgling first feature, 2001's Stuff And Dough.

Full Review… | April 24, 2008
AV Club
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Though it is suspenseful, unnerving and agile in its techniques, Stuff and Dough has more than speed and danger on its mind.

April 23, 2008
New York Times
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Village Voice
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Ultimately, like Lazarescu, Ovidiu becomes a mere cog in a social and economic system that would chew him up without a moment's consideration, and it's Puiu's goal to elevate this and other such stories above their banality and into the realm of myth.

Full Review… | August 8, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Stuff and Dough (Marfa si banii)

[font=Century Gothic]In "Stuff and Dough," Ovidiu(Alexandru Papadopol) is sleeping, dreaming of owning his own food stall, when he is interrupted by Marcel(Razvan Vasilescu), an older businessman. Marcel wants him to drive to Budapest by 2:00 pm and drop off a package, for which he will be handsomely compensated. Only he cannot tell anybody what is in the package and must go alone. That having been said, Ovidiu calls his buddy, Vali(Dragos Bucur), who calls his girlfriend, Betty(Ioana Flora). The ride goes well for the trio until they encounter a red van...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Stuff and Dough" is an entertaining movie that goes on about ten to fifteen minutes too long in an attempt to make its point in huge letters. In fact, the movie gives little depth to its characters(even worse, Betty is 100% cipher). And the only thing of substance that is said about modern day Romania is the need for wider and better roads, not to mention more polite drivers.[/font]

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