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Police, Adjective (2009)

Politist, adjectiv (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, 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.

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Corneliu Porumboiu
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Cast

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
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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

3 July 2009 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

€800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,452, 27 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,298, 1 January 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Arranged by Yan Raiburg
Lyrics by Grigore Vieru
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Wry,Droll Slice Of (Romanian) Life
4 March 2010 | by druid333-2See all my reviews

Hey gang...are you in the mood for a cop thriller with loads & loads of one car chase scene after another,enough stuff being blown up,real good,ditzy mindless blonde's with size 40 hooters parading around practically nude through out most of the film,as well as lots & lots of bloody,graphic scenes of people having their heads blown off with double barrel shotguns (at point blank range)? Well if you are...do yourself a favour and avoid 'Police,Adjective' like the plague. That aside, 'Police,Adjective' is a drama with some comedic touches from Romania that goes for the brain,instead of the testosterone fueled quarter oz.excuse of functional gray matter (and you know who you are). The story here concerns a plainclothes detective,Cristi (played to perfection by Dragos Bucur),who is on assignment to shadow a potential drug pusher,who is a high school student,to be set up for a drug sting. Problem is,Cristi has nagging doubts that this boy is truly guilty & objects to said such sting. Throughout his working day, Cristi has to deal with un-cooperative co workers,as well as his wife, Anca (Irina Saulescu),who has a penchant for turgid Romanian pop songs (she plays the same banal video over & over again on You Tube,while Cristi tries to enjoy his supper). For me,the (obviously)high points of this film concerns the occasional diatribes between Cristi & his co workers,replete with semantics (had this film been directed by the likes of Quentin Tarrentino,they would have droning on about American pop culture of the 1970's---thank goodness it wasn't). Corneliu Porumbiou ('12:08 East of Bucharest')writes & directs this low key police drama with more than a dash of brains going for it. The rest of the cast turn in equally fine roles. A director that is worth keeping an eye out for. Spoken in Romanian with English subtitles. Not rated by the MPAA,this film has a few drug related references,but ABSOLUTELY no nudity,sexual content,violence or pervasive strong language


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