One Floor Below Reviews

May 22, 2019
Muntean's omissions are blanks for viewers to fill in as they see fit, not holes in the story.
September 26, 2017
This is an aesthetically minimalistic, meticulously constructed drama.
October 4, 2016
A surprising and provocative piece of Romanian filmmaking. [Full review in Spanish]
June 6, 2016
Surprising Romanian thriller with deep moral conflicts and a strong dramatic load. [Full review in Spanish]
April 13, 2016
In its quiet accretion of everyday details, with key events happening off-screen or on the obscure margins, the beautifully shot tale is equal parts Dostoyevsky and Chantal Akerman.
March 17, 2016
Writer-director Radu Muntean occupies his characters with trivial matters but the weirdly ambiguous conflict between the two men eventually comes to a boil.
February 22, 2016
Deftly scripted, subtle and challenging, this is a film which reminds us why Muntean is such an important contributor to the Romanian New Wave.
February 22, 2016
A stripped-down exercise in social realism whose deceptively unassuming narrative serves as a reflection on the zeitgeist of contemporary Romania.
January 22, 2016
Mixes subtle politics and morality in an expert, if discomfiting, manner.
January 21, 2016
A simmering stew, albeit one that never quite boils over
September 16, 2015
A gripping, enigmatic drama about responsibility and moral choice.
September 16, 2015
The key to appreciating "One Floor Below" is to keep in mind that it takes place in a country still troubled by its past.
September 16, 2015
For those prepared to invest the time, One Floor Below quietly builds into a devastating portrait of a weak man and the weak society he represents, both of which have lost their moral compasses.
September 16, 2015
Romanian cinema doesn't do grand gestures; instead One Floor Below watches dispassionately as Sandu's complicity grinds against his conscience and stress fractures start to appear.
September 16, 2015
Like a pot set to bubble only every few seconds, the drama is tightly measured to ensure a controlled level of tension that remains discreetly constant.
September 16, 2015
The film takes a character who would be merely incidental in a more conventional film and uses him to construct a poignant meditation on responsibility, guilt and community.
September 14, 2015
...the movie's strong premise and impressively naturalistic atmosphere are slowly but surely rendered moot by filmmaker Radu Muntean's all-too-deliberate tendencies.
July 20, 2015
This is detached, flat film-making at its most bare. You figure out which lines of dialogue deserve to be underlined.