Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #56 Police, Adjective

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Movie #56 Police, Adjective

(2009, Romania, d. Corneliu Porumboiu)

A police procedural film fashioned out of Romanian New Wave Cinema, Police, Adjective is another strangely enticing and interesting take on moral consciences, police work, and dictionaries. The plot itself is something no Hollywood or mainstream writer would ever dare touch: the entire film is about an officer tailing a couple of kids to see whether one of them sells weed. Later, he develops a moral dilemma as to whether or not he should aid in putting these teenagers away, who probably have their whole lives ahead of them. Rather than having the climax of the film erupt in a shoot-out or fight or chase sequence, Porumboiu decides to set it in an office where the officer Cristi (played by Dragoş Bucur) must define (literally) his moral conscience to the Commissioner (in another great performance by Vlad Ivanov, last seen as the maniacally calm abortionist in 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days). What happens in that scene? They get a dictionary and start defining words. Odd, yes. But also strangely affecting.

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