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The Axe (1969)

Baltagul (original title)
| Crime, Drama | 1969 (Romania)
A breathtaking story in which a woman goes in search of her husband



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margarita Lozano ...
Vitoria Lipan
Folco Lulli ...
oierul Bogza
Sidonia Manolache ...
Paul Misai ...
Florin Scarlatescu ...
Anatol Constantin ...
Sandu Sticlaru ...
Parintele Daniil
Livia Baba ...
N.N. Matei ...
oierul Cutui
Dan Nicolae ...
Nunuta Hodos ...
Baba Maranda
Costache Diamandi ...
Domnul Vasiliu
Ernest Maftei
Petre Gheorghiu-Goe
Jean Constantin


A woman goes in search of her husband, who didn't show up home for several months. Her story is dramatic from the beginning until the end, as she goes through a series of events. Written by cormoranu

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Artistic massacre
24 February 2007 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

Good intentions, horrible fruit.

An artificial film, with kitsch and strange pathetic sequences, without soul or sense, without art to describe a profound tragedy, an ordinary homework of a poor schoolboy.

A caricature who dreams be masterpiece. Empty characters and fruitless images. Stupid acting and atmosphere of bad soap-operas. An accident and an artistic error.

In fact, tragedy of good director's evolution. "Rascoala" is a splendid film but in Mircea Muresan filmography is a isle. The temptation to present the reality in every his nook, to describe the profound soul of a world, to explore gestures of a woman who search his husband, to see the magic of a sacrifice and the skin of a deep love, to touch the myth and keep his soul are only chimeric desires in this case. The presence of Margarita Lozano is inutile when the acting is only shadow of a powerful literary character.

The novel of Mihail Sadoveanu is a adaptation of "Mioritza" ballad. This ballad is part of Romanian spirit definition, picture of Romanian sensitivity, form of self-affirmation. It is ballad of pastoral people, page of Balkanic identity, mixture of hope, desire, expectation and sacrifice, symbol of a special universe in which old moral laws remains fundamental ways for discover sense of existence, knitting between ancestral rules and Christianism.

"Baltagul" ignores that. It is only massacre of a touching literary creation.

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