Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari (Soldatii. Poveste din Ferentari)

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Adi (40), a shy and introverted anthropologist who recently got dumped by his girlfriend, moves to Ferentari, the most notorious outcast neighborhood in Bucharest. He plans to write a study on manele music. The pop music of the Roma community serves as a way out for some, but mostly it is one more ploy for the mafia pimps to make money off their acts and keep them in slave-like dependency. While researching his subject, Adi meets Alberto, a Roma ex-convict and a bear of a man, who promises Adi to help him. Soon, the unlikely pair begins a playful romance in which Adi feeds Alberto with improbable plans of escaping poverty and Alberto reciprocates with well-concocted signs of affection. Little by little their casual affair grows into love. And the funny and sweet teasing turns into something precarious, since Alberto is both dangerous and fragile and belongs to a world whose codes Adi doesn't understand.


Critic Reviews for Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari (Soldatii. Poveste din Ferentari)

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  • A likably ramshackle, seemingly semi-improvised "free adaptation" of co-scenarist/star Adrian Schiop's semi-autobiographical novel about his experiences in Bucharest's Roma slum.

    Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

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  • Tackling dark topics like abuse, poverty and dysfunctional love, the drama film is unapologetically blunt and does little to cover up the harsh reality of living in one of Romania's most gruesome suburbs.

    Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 8 | Full Review…
  • Mladenovic is firing on all cylinders here: erotic, emotional, aesthetic, and ethical, making for a well-rounded and impressive narrative debut.

    Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • While there's honesty to everything with the performances and character trajectories never feeling false, it's tough to sustain the necessary attention to reach its end.

    Sep 28, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • The intensely authentic atmosphere and natural performances from the two leads play a key role in keeping things interesting...

    Sep 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Clear-eyed and never sentimental, and featuring naturalistic performances by several non-professionals, this fascinating film carries the stamp of authenticity.

    Sep 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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