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One Floor Below (2015)

Un etaj mai jos (original title)
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After being the sole unfortunate witness of a domestic quarrel that ends up in a murder, Patrascu finds himself at odds with two very close neighbors: one is the bizarre murderer, the other one his very own conscience.

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Radu Muntean
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Cast

Credited cast:
Teodor Corban ... Sandu Patrascu
Iulian Postelnicu Iulian Postelnicu ... Valentin 'Vali' Dima
Oxana Moravec Oxana Moravec ... Olga Patrascu
Ionut Bora Ionut Bora ... Matei Patrascu
Ioana Flora ... Claudia Dima
Tatiana Iekel ... Doamna Patrascu
Adrian Vancica Adrian Vancica ... Police Chief-inspector Manescu
Vlad Ivanov ... Sorin
Mihaela Sirbu ... Denisa
Constantin Draganescu Constantin Draganescu ... Dan
Maria Popistasu ... Laura / Raluca - Laura's Sister
Adina Lucaciu ... Aurelia
Mara Vilcu Mara Vilcu ... Mara - a child
Alexandru Georgescu Alexandru Georgescu ... Bardenau - the first neighbor 1
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Liviu Cheloiu Liviu Cheloiu ... Bolocan
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Storyline

Sandu Patrascu is an ordinary Romanian citizen, living in a comfortable apartment in Bucharest. He has a good job (in the vehicle registration business), a wife (no-nonsense Olga), a teenage son (computer-obsessed Matei) and a (trained) dog. On the whole, he feels good about himself. One day though, he gets upset by an incident he is the witness of: a violent quarrel taking place on the other side of a female neighbor's door. Worse, Vali, another neighbor, leaves the apartment while Sandu stands in the staircase listening. Even worse, Laura, the young woman he has heard shouting is found murdered. What will Patrascu do under such circumstances ? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

18 September 2015 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

El vecino See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,638
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2.35 : 1
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Shot in 25 days. See more »

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Written by Contantin Stefanescu
Performed by Constantin Stafanescu (as Electric Brother)
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Slow Burn
8 November 2015 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

The sounds of a serious fight permeate from the floor below, someone is killed and what do you do when both the police and the likely perpetrator knock at your door? In a place like Romania, where distrust of authority runs deep, the question is more complicated. For Sandu, a middle aged man with a happy family, successful vehicle registration business (no tiny feat in Romania) and beloved dog, it is imperative to avoid involvement as well as judgment. Otherwise you may be implicated yourself. The film is a slow burn and we witness Sandu doing his best to maintain control of emotions as the pressure increases on him to reveal what he knows. Vali, the likely perp, becomes all the more suspicious of Sandu the nicer he is and the more he withholds information. As to Sandu's motives, the audience is kept as much in the dark as Vali and our curiosity heightens as much as his own.

Without much dialogue or eye candy, which may have hurt as much as it helped, the film carries surprising depth. The acting is capable. How we like to hear ourselves talk, and Muntean's insightful, thought-provoking and intriguing film captures both the benefits and pitfalls of maintaining silence. It also reveals how much, like the video game world of Sandu's son, we create a fantasy world and live in our little bubbles despite everything that goes on around us. It is a fascinating glimpse into a little slice of Romanian life. Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015. As an aside, I overheard some Canadians talking about how much they enjoyed this film. "It is not like this in American films," said one. Snap! Well, with many, but not all, American films anyway.


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