Socialist Worker

Police, Adjective

by Katherine Branney
Issue No. 2222

Cristi is a police officer stalking and staking out a gang of young drug offenders in a small town in Romania. He is reluctant to prosecute them as this would ruin their lives and the law will soon change.

This puts him in opposition to his police boss, and calls into question his, and the police’s, role in society.

This is an intense film, with long periods of silence as Cristi follows the men. While it may seem bleak to many, there is a lot of humour in the film.

The crucial confrontation between Cristi and his boss is shot in one stunning take as they argue about the meaning of law, conscience and duty.

Writer-director Corneliu Porumboiu also made the wonderful 12.08 East of Bucharest, which is a humour-filled and enlightening exploration of the nature and aftermath of the 1989 Romanian Revolution.

Police, Adjective has the same realism, wit and intelligence as that film. Keep an eye out for it at your local cinemas.

Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu
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Tue 5 Oct 2010, 17:44 BST
Issue No. 2222
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