The Treasure Reviews

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April 12, 2019
A film so wispy and deadset against narrative momentum that it threatens to float away, but writer-director Porumboui's emotional restraint, cultural intelligence and minor-key humor keep you tethered for the duration.
November 3, 2018
The Treasure walks the razor's edge between tones, but never veers into the realm of dark comedy. Porumboiu values the playfulness of words over the visceral, the political and social subtext of contradictory statements and scenarios.
January 22, 2018
... a film of such a simple, simple, and impeccable realization, that once again focuses on ethics and morals... [Full review in Spanish]
October 17, 2017
[Treasure] is an inadvertent journey back into Romania's history, a search for the nameless treasure buried beneath decades of disappointment, dictatorship, and war.
February 8, 2017
A film that links revolutions, the World Wars, communism and the current crisis with apparent lightness, becoming a story for difficult times. [Full review in Spanish]
February 8, 2017
A necessarily absurd, slightly surreal and always lucid comdey that is a reflection of the current crisis. [Full review in Spanish]
February 8, 2017
An adventure film, although anyone can tell by seeing its deliberately fetish and consciously reiterative images, set in frigid offices. [Full review in Spanish]
February 8, 2017
A film that has a lot of nuances that hides its apparent simplicity. [Full review in Spanish]
December 8, 2016
Very much in line with the nibbling sarcasm and historical long-view that made 12:08 East of Bucharest so great.
March 21, 2016
A film that recalls the clarity of the parable or children's story in its unadorned yet subtly suggestive narrative.
February 22, 2016
[A] tightly focused, minimalist and enchantingly humane story of individual struggle within the broader social reality of contemporary Romania.
February 12, 2016
These recent Romanian films have sometimes been gloomy about both past and future, but The Treasure sprinkles a little sugar in the medicine.
January 29, 2016
As the title suggests, there are rewards in this slight but consistently amusing gem.
January 22, 2016
If the humor were any drier, it would be dust.
January 21, 2016
A less artful version of A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence - though it may help to be Romanian.
January 10, 2016
Slowly ... something changes, and the functionality of Porumboui's style gives way to an ever-so-slight hint of wonder.
January 9, 2016
"The Treasure" suggests that you can have both feet of clay and flights of fancy, and in the battle between the prosaic and the pie-eyed, the prosaic doesn't always have to win.
January 8, 2016
The Treasure is a one-note film that's a dry, bleak endeavor, devoid of character and lacking personality.
January 8, 2016
It's good absurdist stuff, a little reminiscent of the work of Aki Kaurismki, albeit without that filmmaker's wooly-headed whimsy.
January 7, 2016
Deadpan, determinedly low key and deeply absurd, the films of Corneliu Porumboiu are very much a particular taste, and "The Treasure" is no different.
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