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 ...
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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
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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