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An ex-convict struggles to survive by brute force alone in a turn-of-the-century slum in Braila. Codine (Alexandre Virgil Platon) is the thug who served 10 years for murdering a friend. He ... See full summary »

Director:

Henri Colpi

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Panait Istrati (novel), Yves Jamiaque (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandru Virgil Platon Alexandru Virgil Platon ... Codine
Razvan Petrescu Razvan Petrescu ... Adrian Zograffi
Françoise Brion ... Irène
Nelly Borgeaud ... Zoitza Zograffi (as Nellie Borgeaud)
Germaine Kerjean Germaine Kerjean ... Anastasia
Maurice Sarfati Maurice Sarfati ... Alexis
Eliza Petrachescu Eliza Petrachescu
Graziela Albini Graziela Albini ... (as Gratiela Albini)
Eugenia Bosânceanu Eugenia Bosânceanu ... (as Eugenia Bosinceanu)
Nicolae Bodescu Nicolae Bodescu ... (as Nicolae Budescu)
Dorin Dron Dorin Dron
Mihai Fotino Mihai Fotino
Victor Moldovan Victor Moldovan
Mihai Mereuta Mihai Mereuta
Constantin Stoica Constantin Stoica
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An ex-convict struggles to survive by brute force alone in a turn-of-the-century slum in Braila. Codine (Alexandre Virgil Platon) is the thug who served 10 years for murdering a friend. He returns home to his miserly mother, whose penny-pinching ways infuriate her son. A young boy looks up to Codine, and through the man's eyes he sees the economic and social injustices from an adult perspective. When Codine kills another man who violated his trust, his mother becomes more unhinged and paranoid. Thinking her son will steal her hoarded money, she plots to kill her only son. The impressionable child watches in horror and amazement at the cruel machinations of the adult work that surrounds him. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Music

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Country:

France | Romania

Language:

French | Romanian

Release Date:

27 September 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Codin See more »

Filming Locations:

Braila, Romania See more »

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Production Co:

Como Films, Romfilm, Tamara See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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not so bad
2 December 2016 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

one of the films of my childhood. one of the most impressive for the scene of the terrible punishment of mother against his son. the atmosphere of old Brăila. the story of a not ordinary friendship. the not inspired dialogues. the sketch of an exotic universe. short, a film who could be blamed for many reasons. but each critic ignores a significant detail - Panait Istrati appertains to two different cultures. his origins are almost more Balcanic than Romanian. his work reflects the essence of memories, experiences, frustrations and perspectives of reality. and it is the answer to very different expectations from a not single category of public. so, this adaptation is the adaptation of Colpi. not so bad if you do not ignore the impossibility to adapt, in its profound significance, the novels of Istrati. real admirable for the effort to preserve the spirit of Codin. like a sketch not as a painting. but enough for give , after decades, precious memories to a viewer.


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