Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) 2009

Police, Adjective

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Shorn of any manufactured drama or pyrotechnics, Police, Adjective is an absorbing procedural that finds its thrills in the patient bureaucracy of police work.

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Young detective Cristi (Dragos Bucur) is pursuing drug peddlers in post-Communist Romania. When he's assigned to bust a group of pot-smoking teenagers because of one boy's testimony, he believes the witness is setting up his friend Victor (Radu Costin), who would never place the blame where it belongs: on his brother. Unwilling to pursue Victor, Cristi tries to scrap the case, jeopardizing his career in the process and fueling the suspicions of his superiors.

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  • Dec 11, 2012
    A world weary Romanian cop tails some poor schmuck of a kid who's out smoking hash with his friends: should his bust the lump, or try to nail his supplier? But if he does it, the kid's life is in the crapper ... what to do, what to do? But this is only one problem in the cop's life. His wife is getting restless. Her husband doesn't seem to care about things, the important things, like about words and their meanings and how that intersects with our lives. You may decide, like the cop, to exclaim, "who thinks about this stuff?!? Who's got the time?!?" Or, you may give this slow simmer of a tale a chance to steep.
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  • Apr 17, 2011
    Definition of 'slow' (don't watch this if your sleepy), earnest, European arthouse indulgence. Certainly puts across the tedium of police work with langorous passages where we watch, wait and walk with the characters.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2011
    A odd but compelling polish film. a detective is in the middle of his latest case, the dealing of pot between some youths. but this is no hollywood version of a detective closing in on his criminals, this pretty much shows how such a case would be, lots of following suspects, going home to his wife, back in to work follow some more suspects, and look over paperwork, add to this his distaste of the case as he doesent believe these young kids should be punishe. you have a very entertaining detective story, very slow paced and drawn out, but all the better for it, it certainly gets to the heart and indeed boredome and bureocracy of police work. and if thats not all, a final scene that involves reading from a dictionery, which compells, more police drama should do this sort of thing
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2010
    An "inaction" cop film that's quiet, slow paced, and moody, Politist, adj. requires patience to allow the story to settle in and the characters to develop. There are many long takes during the almost real-time narrative of the film. The stake-outs come to mind. Heavy with dialogue, it slowly turns into a complex story that kept my attention until the very end. The lead character Cristi is our protagonist serving as a police officer questioning what is right or wrong during a new regime which hangs on to old habits. The Romanian landscape is cold and industrial, so this is definitely not a film to promote tourism. The only other Romanian film I have seen recently is 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. I look forward to seeing more. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view¤t=police_adjective.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/police_adjective.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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