Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling ... See full summary »
In grim, dull Vaslui, Cristi is a young police officer, conscientious, laconic, recently married to Anca, a teacher. He's tailing a kid who smokes pot and may be supplying his friends. Cristi dislikes the assignment: the kid's clearly not a dealer, an arrest would ruin his life, and, Cristi assumes that Romania will soon tolerate marijuana. His superior tells him flatly that the law is the law and to finish the case with a quick arrest. Cristi wants to follow the informant, a youth whose father is a builder. Cristi watches, he smokes, he writes reports, he wants to meet with the prosecutor. Can a cop have a conscience? Is the noun being modified "procedural" or "state"? Written by
stiff, realistic, non digestible for the "no movie without lot's of popcorn" type of individual!
Is it normal the fact that people react differently while viewing this good movie? I'm sorry for being so obviously subjective about it and praise mr. porumboiu's last film, but i'm afraid not everyone tastes it and also learns something from it after watching! Of course it's normal. The actors... well I guess I could say... so and so performing. I like the way Dragos Bucur fills his character though (intense living his police days, but at the same time reflecting, i would say, a sane romanian thinker, borned in the wrong place but carrying his cross). And there was another aspect that pleased me while viewing "Politist, adj.": In general, when no actors have anything else left to say out loud, in most movies, the background voice carries out the story line. Not happening "in this case that, by the way, you have to solve". For those that haven't seen it yet, please follow my humble instructions so as to not childishly curse mr. porumboiu after you've left the theater: 1. Be Patient 2. Be Rational and Attentive 3. Try to Also Understand instead of only watching 4. Relax! This movie can never be considered dumb, in fact it's quite brave and smart.
And after all of this being said, I must add that this film IS NOT FOR EVERYONE TO WATCH!
(Please excuse my poor English)
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