Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) (2009)



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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Corneliu Porumboiu
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2010
Box Office: $26.7k
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as Anghelache

as The Prosecutor

as Officer on Duty

as Alex's Father

as Alex's Mother

as Bartender

as Shopkeeper
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Critic Reviews for Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective)

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (22)

Necessarily infuriating but finally very rewarding.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The film proceeds at Detective Cristi's pace, stopping and starting, hiding and emerging, scanning and staring, as the languid camera surveys the dismal neighborhoods with undisguised ennui.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Intellectually and aesthetically Police, Adjective is a film of merit but that doesn't make it any easier to endure.

Full Review… | October 11, 2010
Daily Express

Un viaje a través de los laberintos del poder y de la burocracia, con una economía narrativa que, por más que ponga a prueba la paciencia del espectador, luce plenamente al servicio de su anécdota.

Full Review… | October 7, 2010
Uruguay Total

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.

Full Review… | October 6, 2010
This is London

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

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. Williams

Super Reviewer


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


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.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

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