Aferim!

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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.

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After a slave escapes from his master's estate, a local policeman is hired to find him, resulting in a journey full of adventures.

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Critic Reviews for Aferim!

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (1)

  • 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…

    Tom Long

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  • 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…

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  • Nov 28, 2015
    Radu 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.
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