Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective)

2009

Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective)

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A cop finds himself growing uncomfortable with his latest assignment in this study in the nature of power and authority from Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu. Cristi (Dragos Bucur) is a seasoned police detective who has just gotten married to Anca (Irina Saulescu) and wants to keep his superiors happy. Cristi's boss, Nelu (Ion Stoica), has ordered the detective to keep a close watch on Victor (Radu Costin), a teenager who is suspected of dealing drugs for a local cartel. Cristi has spent several weeks following Victor's actions and is certain that the kid smokes marijuana with his friends, but isn't any kind of drug pusher and should be left alone. Cristi is also aware that Romanian authorities are expected to relax their laws regarding drugs in the near future, making it all but pointless to possibly ruin Victor's life by bringing him in, but while Nelu understands Cristi's thinking, he's not so willing to let the youngster off so easily. Politist, Adj. (aka Police, Adjective) was an official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

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  • It's one of those films which, on its placid but pointed surface, seems to be about nothing very much but manages by its end to tell us a great deal.

    Oct 6, 2010 | Rating: 4/5
  • This whole film is very "police": that is, not exciting or dramatic, but suspicious, cynical and exhausted.

    Sep 30, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Complex, intellectually rigorous and yet incredibly enjoyable on multiple levels.

    Sep 30, 2010 | Rating: 5/5
  • Necessarily infuriating but finally very rewarding.

    Sep 29, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • An absorbing and contemplative detective story in which the high point of the action involves reading from a dictionary. Really.

    Mar 12, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's unlike anything Hollywood would dare to make.

    Feb 4, 2010

Audience Reviews for Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective)

  • 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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • 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>
    El Hombre I Super Reviewer

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