In order to avoid reprisals from the Wehrmacht for the murder of a soldier, intellectuals from a Romanian village try to convince Ipu, the village idiot, to take the blame for the murder and save everybody.
The Dacian kingdom lies at the eastern border of the Roman Empire.Only the river Danube separates the two mortal enemies.The Dacian king Decebalus knows that soon the vastly superior Roman legions will cross the river and attack Dacia.
In 1919 at the end of WW1 Romanian peasant Manolache Preda returns to his native village where he finds his woman taken by another and his land sold to the local landowner.Manolache served a 10 year sentence in the salt mines for murdering a local landowner during the Great Peasant Uprising of 1907.Later he was conscripted in the Romanian Army to fight in World War One.After a 12 year absence from his native village his woman doesn't even recognize him initially but later tels him that she had stopped waiting for him and she took with another man after selling Manolache's land to the local landowner.When the landowner is found murdered on the road everyone , including the local gendarmes and the investigating prosecutors,assume that Manolache is the culprit. Written by
it is his film. great performance and force of a character who it has script as root. many nuances. few extraordinaries scenes. and a cross. as axis of a redemption without limits. or sense. a delicate love story. and an injured. prejudices of a community. and a murder as mirror for everybody. short - must see it ! not for its beauty - it is really touching. not for wise measure - it is a truth. not for cast - it is remarkable. but for Amza Pellea as sign of passing silhouette. and for last scene. or, only for ball of questions front with a film about sin and pain and hope and dark gestures. must see it ! as isle of memory. because it remains a little more than an adaptation.
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