Aferim! Reviews

June 7, 2016
The tone is Rabelaisian and earthily comic in the minimalist, picturesque squalor of the settings.
May 26, 2016
With a title that translates roughly as Attaboy!, this engaging and percipient period comedy focuses on the enslavement of the Roma people in 19th-century Romania.
March 28, 2016
Somehow director Radu Jude's decision to film in black-and-white only heightens that sense of reality: It's as if the film is some ancient newsreel.
March 24, 2016
Shot in stark black and white, the picture's sense of place and time is strong - pungently so.
February 25, 2016
It's a tough world out there, and Costandin has found a way to survive in it. It's not always pretty, but in "Aferim!" it's never less than interesting.
February 11, 2016
Shot in black and white with fade-out transitions, the movie harks back to classic westerns. But it's also distinctly modern.
January 24, 2016
Everybody in Aferim! seems to hate and demean everyone else. And yet, they all seem like parts of the same blend of cultures - not a melting pot, but sort of a stew - that reasserts itself throughout the film.
January 22, 2016
Jude gets strong performances from his three leads and, with the help of cinematographer Marius Panduru, has created an uncommonly beautiful film ... that at times evokes the simple beauties of classic Westerns.
January 21, 2016
In subject and style, it's a departure from [Jude's] contemporary satires, but the period story is evidence of the same keen eye for class hierarchy, codified cruelty and the limits of self-deception.
Top Critic
January 21, 2016
Like many films set in contemporary Bucharest, this is a story of self-styled potentates, small-time graft, and inevitable disappointment.