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Police, Adjective (2009)

Politist, adjectiv (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 3 July 2009 (Romania)
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A police officer refuses to arrest a young man for offering drugs to his friends.


Corneliu Porumboiu
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dragos Bucur ... Cristi
Vlad Ivanov ... Anghelache
Ion Stoica Ion Stoica ... Nelu
Irina Saulescu ... Anca
Cerasela Trandafir Cerasela Trandafir ... Gina
Marian Ghenea Marian Ghenea ... Prosecutor
Cosmin Selesi Cosmin Selesi ... Costi
Serban Georgevici Serban Georgevici ... Sica
George Remes ... Vali (as Remes George)
Adina Dulcu Adina Dulcu ... Dana
Dan Cogalniceanu Dan Cogalniceanu ... Gica
Costi Dita Costi Dita ... Officer on Duty
Alexandru Sabadac Alexandru Sabadac ... Alex
Anca Diaconu Anca Diaconu ... Doina
Radu Costin Radu Costin ... Victor


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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama


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Performed by Mirabela Dauer
Arranged by Dan Dimitriu
Lyrics by Dan Ioan Pantoiu
Produced by Roton Music
Played and discussed at Cristi's home
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conscience meets adjectives
3 February 2010 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I recently saw "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days", about a woman's efforts to have an abortion in Nicolae Ceausescu's Romania. Now comes "Politist, adj." ("Police, Adjective" in English), Romania's submission to the Academy Awards as Best Foreign Language Film of 2009. This one looks at small-town cop Cristi (Dragos Bucur) assigned to investigate a boy smoking hashish, and how he begins to have misgivings about the ethical ramifications of the task.

What strikes me is how much this small town in Romania looks like Russia. Most of the buildings all have a very Eastern Bloc look. To be certain, there are a few scenes where Dragos goes to the boy's house in what appears to be a posher section of the town, with more modern-looking houses. Many of the scenes in the film are long shots, especially the scene where Cristi and his superior use the dictionary to debate the true meaning of conscience and other words.

I don't know if I would call this the greatest movie ever made, but I still recommend it. The scene where Cristi eats dinner while his wife has an obnoxious song playing on the computer really shows Cristi's break in terms of conscience, just because of how he reacts.

Anyway, I like to get to see cultures that we don't often see, and I really liked this movie. I hope that Romania gives us more like this.

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3 July 2009 (Romania) See more »

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Box Office


EUR800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,452, 27 December 2009

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1.85 : 1
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