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.
During World War II, just before the events of August 23rd 1944, a German soldier is found murdered in a Romanian village. The dead soldier's superior threatens the villagers that unless the perpetrator is handed over by the following morning they will all face reprisals. In order to avoid this, the village intellectuals try to convince Ipu, the village idiot, to take the blame for the murder and save them.
A Well-Made War Drama With Clever Social Commentary
Full review on my blog max4movies: Atunci i-am condamnat pe toti la moarte (international title: Then I Sentenced Them All to Death) is a drama set in the last days of World War II in a small Romanian village. The mysterious death of a German soldier kicks off events that lead to the village leaders trying to convince the local idiot to take the blame for the murder. Apart from the strong and obvious social commentary about the exploitative behavior of people in higher social classes, the movie simply looks stunning with a great sense of framing that makes several moments feel chillingly claustrophobic. In addition, most actors portray their characters authentically, which makes the dramatic elements, as well as the more light-hearted moments believable.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this