A film by  Corneliu Porumboiu

Cast:  Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar 

Cristi, a Bucharest police inspector corrupted by drug traffickers, is suspected by his superiors and tapped. Embarked by an adventure with the sulphurous Gilda on the island of La Gomera, he must quickly learn Silbo, an ancestral whistled language. Thanks to this secret language, he will be able free from prison a mobster in Romania and recover the hidden millions that this mobster stole. But love will get in the way and nothing will go as planned …

In crime films code, communication, and honor are vital. The code is knowing how to whistle this ancestral language. communication each member does speak a different language so english becomes the universal language. And yes someone is going to stab someone in the back. Cristi  (Vlad Ivanov) who is juggling the underworld and his police duties and must find a balance between the two in order to survive. Put in a beautiful femme fatale in the mix and all hell is breaking loose. Writer-director Corneliu Porumboiu here find the balance between comedy and the bit of absurdity. All the actors are on top of their games. A terrific cool little film noir who got some serious attention.



A film by Cristian Mungiu

Cast: Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Rares Andrici

English: Graduation 

You would think that a girl from Romania who is about to take the final exams so she can graduate from high school the only thing she would have to worry is studying think again.

The first thing that happens is that an anonymous someone throws a rock through Romeo’s apartment window. But wait that is not all yes there is more, the next thing is that our doctor’s teenage daughter Eliza (Maria Dragus) is grabbed and assaulted not far from her school ho! mon dieu. No that is not all Romeo run over a dog with his car well those 3 incident will spark a chain of event that is going to follow.


Bacalaureat is actually a beautifully crafted work of storytelling that will talk about long after you see it. It’s about the disappointed man who will go out of his way to get his beloved daughter out of Romania. You see when the girl get assaulted she sprain her right arm she passed her first part of the exam but has to do the second part it goes badly so her father must consider making the kind of phone calls that contradict the belief in honesty he and his wife Magda (Lia Bugnar) have passed on to Eliza. Anyway here is a film that is flawless but have to watch it carefully and pay attention of the dialogue. Here you will see how the middle class in Romania does their thing sort of speak and that the rich feed off the middle class the two side can be corrupted just be aware that is going to be  a richly crafted, satisfying experience.



CÂINI (2016)


Un film by Bogdan Mirica

Cast: Dragos Bucur, Gheorghe Visu, Vlad Ivanov

English title: Dogs

Un certain regard at Cannes. 

Yes a Romanian film noir, thriller, à la western. Dogs is a story of a frontier done in western mode with an impotent Sheriff, who volunteer as the last resort like a Gary Cooper in High Noon, and there mu friends you have a slow burning pacing thriller western style done à la Romanian.

Roman returns to the land he has just inherited from his grandfather. He decided to sell this desolate property, he is warned by the local cop not to sell the land. A series of strange events takes place at night and Roman tries to investigate. It sets new boundaries of the unknown in the east side of Europe where it is not liked very much. Roman is the visitor of an ancient world where he does not understand the rules. The law is powerless to protect him, and he was summoned to respect the wishes of the dead and the rules of the past. Dogs is a brutal, violent film, but it is not without macabre humor. There is a funny scene where a farmer found a foot with its shoes in the lake so the Sheriff after dinner decided to inspected the foot, see how he does it, and yes it is some serious macabre humor. Not too many people were laughing in the theater or if they were they were doing it nervously. The film shows you the country were there is a cruel way of life and certain law that you have to follow. Also you are not going to be bored because there are some interesting characters that will surface from time to time. Here is a cool Romanian film noir not to be missed.





A film by Adrian Sitaru

Cast: Adrian Titieni, Alina Grigore, Robi Urs

English title: Illegitimate

Adrian Sitaru aims to Provoke with Abortion Drama. Well this Romanian director has 3 bombshell in the film. First I am not going to reveal too much in this review so it is going to be a short one. A family drives to their father’s house to have dinner. So far so good. Now the family engages in this conversation of abortion where there are going to be disagreement of course. Then the father who gets pissed off suddenly drop the bombshell on his kids. So the kids try to find out if it is true or not. while this little investigation goes on the second bombshell will drop and at the end of the film the third one. Sitaru is no stranger to challenging social issues, his 2008 feature debut Hooked revolving around a murdered prostitute. But Illegitimate begins on a significantly troubling note : abortion where at the time the country was communist abortion was not legal and women had no rights it seems. Sitaru went there to shock especially the second bombshell that the viewer will see. In oder to film that the film  was shoot most at the family home. Sitaru filmed it in a Dogme style camera techniques to add a sense of warmth and togetherness. The thing is here is a family who tries to figure out things and how they are going to handle them. But sometimes things can take a turn is it for the worst or better? Well you decide. by the way there is two side of the coin.





the happiest girl in the world

A film by Radu Jude

Cast: Andreea Bosneag, Doru Catanescu, Alexandru Georgescu

Delia, a young Romanian girl, drives to Bucharest with her parents to collect a brand new car she won in a contest. The parents wants her to sell the car to do other thing with it, but Delia wants the car to go to the beach with her friends.

Here is a simple story of a girl who won a car from a soft drink company who want her to do a commercial for the product before she signs off the deal to get the car that she won. you get to see her to do a commercial that is going to take the all day because the boss of the soft drink company want her to smile more, speak up, and drink more of the product followed by a big smile, the girl on the other hand is trying to do her best but her mind is elsewhere where her parents want to sell the car to get the money to do something else with it. You will see the dispute with her father and mother trying to get her to sale the car while she is making the commercial. It is pure and simple story that will click with the audience and you will see how it is difficult to shoot a commercial with the director who is pulling is hair out trying to keep it together, it is  not all fun and games.The director based the film after his own experience when shooting a similar commercial with a somewhat difficult girl. A dramatic comedy at its best.