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Police, Adjective -- Cristi is a policeman who refuses to arrest a young man who offers hash to two of his school mates. "Offering" is punished by the law. Cristi believes that the law will change, he does not want the life of a young man he considers irresponsible to be a burden on his conscience. For his superior the word conscience has an entirely different meaning...


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  (in credits order)

Dragos Bucur ... Cristi

Vlad Ivanov ... Anghelache
Ion Stoica ... Nelu
Irina Saulescu ... Anca
Cerasela Trandafir ... Gina
Marian Ghenea ... Prosecutor
Cosmin Selesi ... Costi
Serban Georgevici ... Sica
George Remes ... Vali
Adina Dulcu ... Dana
Dan Cogalniceanu ... Gica
Costi Dita ... Officer on Duty
Alexandru Sabadac ... Alex
Anca Diaconu ... Doina
Radu Costin ... Victor
Viorel Nebunu ... Alex's Father
Emanoela Tigla ... Alex's Mother
Daniel Bîrsan ... Barman
Mioara Bungeanu ... Shopkeeper

Directed by
Corneliu Porumboiu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Corneliu Porumboiu  screenplay

Produced by
Corneliu Porumboiu .... producer
Marcela Ursu .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Marius Panduru 
Film Editing by
Roxana Szel 
Production Design by
Mihaela Poenaru 
Costume Design by
Georgiana Bostan  (as Giorgiana Bostan)
Makeup Department
Cristina Ilie .... make-up artist
Production Management
Sorina Dumitru .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alexandru Belc .... assistant director
Adina Dulcu .... assistant director
Cristi Iftime .... assistant director
Mihai Sofronea .... first assistant director
Alexandru Vitzentzatos .... assistant director
Art Department
Cosmin Brezuica .... props
Paul Dinescu .... props
Negoita Mihai .... props (as Mihai Negoita)
Eugen Pisau .... props
Adrian Sofran .... property master
Sound Department
Alex Dragomir .... sound (as Alexandru Dragomir)
Christian Mike Sugar .... sound recordist
Attila Tõzsér .... sound re-recording mixer
Sebastian Zsemlye .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Nica Constantin .... focus puller (as Costel Nica)
Dinu Costel .... gaffer (as Costel Dinu)
Sebastian Imbrea .... grip
Cristi Lupu .... camera mechanic
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Monica Florescu .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Dana Cioplea .... negative cutter
Mariana Cosor .... negative cutter
Catalin Miloiu .... telecine colorist
Transportation Department
Sorin Aftene .... driver: film
Ionut Buburuz .... driver: crew
Nicolae Chioveanu .... driver: prop van
Dorel Dohotaru .... driver
Ion Gramaticu .... driver: production van
Daniel Haba .... driver: actors
Beatrice Popa .... transport coordinator
Other crew
Sergiu Balan .... runner
Roxana Comes .... production secretary
Dragos Gîlea .... production assistant
Adriana Mînoru .... production coordinator: Kodak Cinelabs Romania
Marius Pandelea .... consultant
Marius Pandelea .... location manager
Mihai Tirziman .... production assistant
Eliza Tolu .... customer service representative
Maria Voican .... lawyer
Naeif Abugamea .... thanks: Minimarket Asia
Petru Asmarandei .... thanks
Nuta Baetu .... thanks
Nica Bocu .... thanks: Vaslui County Council
Marcel Bot .... thanks: S.C. MIRCO ITALIA S.R.L.
Valeriu Caragata .... thanks: Vaslui Municipal Council
Mihai Carp .... thanks: Vaslui County Police Inspectorate
Florin Ciurariu .... thanks: Vaslui County School Inspectorate
Radu Corozel .... thanks: Vaslui County Police Inspectorate
Aurora Cracea .... thanks
Cornel Cracea .... thanks
The Vieru Family .... thanks
Aurel Felincioiu .... thanks
Constantin Galescu .... thanks: Vaslui Municipal Police
Laurentiu Maxim .... thanks: Viitorul Vaslui Sport Club
Vasile Mihalachi .... thanks: Vaslui County Council
Laurentiu Morosanu .... thanks: Vaslui County Police Inspectorate
Baclea Nicusor .... thanks: Vaslui County Police Inspectorate
Sorin Oprea .... thanks: General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Antiterrorism
Vasile Paval .... thanks: Vaslui Municipal Council
Thierry Perronnet .... thanks
Gheorghe Popa .... thanks: Vaslui County Police Inspectorate
Claudiu Rapa-Haj .... thanks: Vaslui Municipal Police
George Sava .... thanks: Vaslui Municipal Police
Manuel Stamate .... thanks: Vaslui Municipal Police
Aurora Stefan .... thanks
Dragos Sterian .... thanks: Bar Magnolia
Laurentiu Turbatu .... thanks: Vaslui Communal Police

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Also Known As:
"Politist, adjectiv" - Romania (original title)
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France:115 min | USA:113 min | Argentina:115 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:13 | Canada:G (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Netherlands:6 | Sweden:Btl
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70 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
Provides a welcome dose of conscience, 19 October 2009
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Like Bruno Dumont's epic police procedural L'Humanité, Police, Adjective is a film of mood, silence, and soul. Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, the second feature by Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu is a follow-up to his black comedy 12:08 East of Bucharest which won the Camera D'Or at Cannes in 2006. Police, Adjective is about a taciturn, plain-clothed police officer who has developed a conscience over making an arrest, an unusual occurrence in the bureaucratic, post-Communist society of Romania where the law is rigidly enforced regardless of its logic. Like Phaaron of L'Humanité, Cristi (Dragos Bucur) is an unlikely cop, an unglamorous member of the working class who wears the same pullover sweater four days in a row and goes about his job in a mechanical and emotionally unexpressive manner.

Shown at the Vancouver Film Festival, Police, Adjective is set in the director's hometown of Vaslui in northeastern Romania, a venue that looks unbearably bleak. The general atmosphere is one of decay with paint inside the houses peeling and chipped, lockers rusted, mailboxes broken, and computers looking like Model Ts. There are no camera tricks here, only long takes delivered from a horizontal pan, cinematography that deliberately enhances the tedium. Porumboiu devotes long stretches of the film watching Cristi simply going about his routine. On orders from his superior, Nelu (Ion Stoica), he follows Alex (Alexandru Sabadac), a teenager at the local high school who is suspected of buying hash and selling it to his fellow students, shadowing the boy daily from home to school in hopes of finding out the source of the drugs.

In the course of his investigation, however, Cristi realizes that Alex is just a kid who occasionally smokes pot with some of his pals and is not a threat to society. Taking detailed notes, Cristi avoids meeting with his boss, waiting to find out the source of the hash before making a move, knowing that arresting a sixteen year old boy for smoking will mean a prison term of at least three years and possibly seven. Finally, when he is ordered to make a full report and take action, Cristi refuses to follow orders from the Police Captain, citing his conscience and the fact that the law will soon be repealed. Like Phaaron of L'Humanité, Cristi is willing to remain faithful to what he believes in but his feelings are ignored by those in a position of power.

In a memorable sequence, Cristi's boss, Captain Anghelache (Vlad Ivanov) brings in a Romanian dictionary and asks him to look up the meaning of the words "conscience", "law", "moral", and "police", attempting to show him that as a police officer he must obey the letter of the law, not impose his own morality on the situation. The scene is cold, efficient, and persuasive but it is obvious that the law he is asked to follow is based more on semantics than on morality. While most of the first half of the film is filled with uneventful surveillance, a scene at home between Cristi and his wife Anca (Irina Saulescu) adds some humor to the dour proceedings. Husband and wife discuss the meaning of the lyrics of a popular song that Anca is playing over and over again, Cristi giving the words a literal meaning which make little sense, while his wife ascribes to them their proper symbolic and poetic meaning.

Police, Adjective provides a welcome dose of conscience to a genre that has been buried in technology and filled with violence, car chases, and ugliness, a genre that has dealt only with methods and not consequences. While the film is austere and requires a great deal of patience, with little dialogue and no musical score, Porumboiu forces us to relate to the characters by observing their eyes, their physical movements, and their facial expressions. He expects us not only to see but to think about what we are seeing and, in the process, to bring us face to face with what makes us truly human.

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