Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Aferim!
The tone is Rabelaisian and earthily comic in the minimalist, picturesque squalor of the settings.
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.
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.
Shot in stark black and white, the picture's sense of place and time is strong - pungently so.
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.
Audience Reviews for Aferim!
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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