2015, History/Western, 1h 45m42 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings
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Smart, visually arresting, and scathingly funny, Aferim! depicts a world that many American filmgoers have never seen -- but will still, in many respects, find utterly familiar. Read critic reviews
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Critic Reviews for Aferim!
The tone is Rabelaisian and earthily comic in the minimalist, picturesque squalor of the settings.June 7, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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.May 26, 2016 | Full Review…
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 28, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Shot in stark black and white, the picture's sense of place and time is strong - pungently so.March 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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 25, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Shot in black and white with fade-out transitions, the movie harks back to classic westerns. But it's also distinctly modern.February 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for Aferim!
Nov 28, 2015Radu Jude crafts this visually classic Western in black and white with a camera that seems to glide in wide-angle long shots, and uses a comical - and curiously theatrical - approach to show the racism and sexism of a time that doesn't seem so distant from modern Romanian society.Carlos M Super Reviewer