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Stuff and Dough (2001)

Marfa si banii (original title)
A newbie agrees to deliver the wrong merchandise for money. He will learn soon that this trip will change his views about life, forever.

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Alexandru Papadopol ...
Ovidiu
Dragos Bucur ...
Vali
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Bety
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Mama
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Marcel Ivanov
Doru Ana ...
Doncea
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Constantin Draganescu ...
Tata
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A newbie agrees to deliver the wrong merchandise for money. He will learn soon that this trip will change his views about life, forever.

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Initial effort of the Romanian New Wave
21 March 2013 | by (Istanbul, Turkey) – See all my reviews

Stuff and Dough (2001) is a low-budged road movie by one of the talented directors of so-called Romanian New Wave, and it is arguably the initiator of this wave. The freshness of the film comes both from the subject and from the style!

We are in contemporary Romania. A post-communist country where every citizen struggle to break trough with a business enterprise. Our main protagonist, mummy's boy Ovidiu accepts to deliver a package of medicines, which obviously is something different considering the money he received for delivery from his mafia-like 'boss'. On his way to Bucharest he is accompanied with a close friend Vali and his girlfriend Bety, and they are shocked when they are attacked by a group of men.

Besides the story, film successfully delivers living conditions of ordinary people in contemporary Romania, that is why, in some way, it resembles neo-realist approach. We are especially informed about the struggle of youth, their interests, targets and moral behaviors, how they accommodate to new liberal system, however post-communist type of liberalism.

On the other hand, style is more new wave; a fresh, unorthodox type of filmmaking. Hand-held camera, natural acting, coarse editing, full of jump cuts and elliptical cuts.


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