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Aferim! (2015)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 22 January 2016 (USA)
Set in early 19th century Romania, a policeman, Costandin, is hired by a nobleman to find a Gypsy slave who has run away from his estate after having an affair with his wife.

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Credited cast:
... Costandin
Mihai Comanoiu ... Ionita
... Carfin Pandolean
Alexandru Dabija ... Iordache Cîndescu
... Smaranda Cîndescu
... Stan Paraschiv
Alberto Dinache ... Tintiric
Alexandru Bindea ... Priest on the road
... Sultana
Adina Cristescu ... Zambila
... Traveler
... Vasile
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mihaela Drãgan ... Carfin's Wife
Claudiu Dumitru ... Capetenia robilor
Puiu Mircea Lascus ... Hangiul
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Storyline

Set in early 19th century Wallachia, when a local policeman, Costandin, is hired by Iordache, a boyar (local noble), to find Carfin, a Gypsy slave who had run away from the boyar's estate after having an affair with his wife, Sultana. Costandin sets out to find the fugitive, beginning a journey full of adventures. Gypsy slavery lasted from the 14th century up until the middle of the 19th century, a situation which is very little known and almost nonexistent in the public debate today, although its impact continues to influence Romania's social life.

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€1,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,892, 24 January 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,706, 12 June 2016
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Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 12th 'Jameson Cinefest - Miskolc International Film Festival' in Sept. 2015. Jury statement: "At a festival which salutes the cinematic legacy of the Western, the international jury of critics awards a film which updates and reconfigures the genre. With its humour, violence and compositional flair, Radu Jude's "Aferim!" is at once topical and timeless. We say 'bravo!' and 'aferim!' " See more »

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When she talks with Constandin, Smaranda calls him Carfin once. See more »

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The Priest: Each nation has its purpose. The Jews, to cheat, the Turks, to do harm, us Romanians to love and suffer like Christ. And each has their habits. Hebrews reads a lot, Greeks talks a lot, Turks has many wives, Arabs has many teeth, Germans smokes a lot, Hungarians eats a lot, Russians drinks a lot, English thinks a lot, French likes fashion a lot, Armenians are lazy, Circassians wears much lace, Italians lies a lot, Serbians cheats a lot, Gypsies get beaten! Gypsies must be slaves.
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References Morometii (1987) See more »

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Suitade jocuri turceasc
Music composed by Napoleon Constantin
Sung by Napoleon Constantin
Publisher: Fundatia Al. Tzigara-Samurcas
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Lost in translation
17 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

I think it's almost impossible for someone who is not a Romanian speaker to really get most of the dialog in this movie. There are a lot of archaic words and expressions from funny to sad or contemplative that are for sure lost in translation. I am a Romanian, born and raised in this country, and I didn't understand 30-35 % of the words. I have to see it again with subtitles on to fully appreciate the mesmerizing Wallachian dialect. It's a great movie nonetheless, with beautiful cinematography and solid performances from the actors, so I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to see how life was 200 years ago in Romania.


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