Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective)
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Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective)
A cop finds himself growing uncomfortable with his latest assignment in this study in the nature of power and authority from Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu. Cristi (Dragos Bucur) is a seasoned police detective who has just gotten married to Anca (Irina Saulescu) and wants to keep his superiors happy. Cristi's boss, Nelu (Ion Stoica), has ordered the detective to keep a close watch on Victor (Radu Costin), a teenager who is suspected of dealing drugs for a local cartel. Cristi has spent several weeks following Victor's actions and is certain that the kid smokes marijuana with his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"Necessarily infuriating but finally very rewarding."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Porumboiu's style is steady, observational, his camera tracking Cristi along the streets in much the way Cristi tracks his subject."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The film proceeds at Detective Cristi's pace, stopping and starting, hiding and emerging, scanning and staring, as the languid camera surveys the dismal neighborhoods with undisguised ennui."
‑ Andrew Sarris, Film Comment Magazine
"It's one of those films which, on its placid but pointed surface, seems to be about nothing very much but manages by its end to tell us a great deal."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"This whole film is very "police": that is, not exciting or dramatic, but suspicious, cynical and exhausted."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"An absorbing and contemplative detective story in which the high point of the action involves reading from a dictionary. Really."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"I suspect that those versed in the arcana of Romanian politics will get the most out of this movie, but its moral issues, revolving as they do around matters of rightness and repression, are certainly universal."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Intellectually and aesthetically Police, Adjective is a film of merit but that doesn't make it any easier to endure."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Sadly, the film does little more than illuminate the audacity of a film-maker intent on testing the benevolence of his audience by presenting them with nothing of interest to watch."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Complex, intellectually rigorous and yet incredibly enjoyable on multiple levels."
‑ Jason Wood, Little White Lies
"It's unlike anything Hollywood would dare to make."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Simultaneously a police procedural, an analysis of language and imagery, a philosophical debate about law and justice, and a very, very dry Romanian Martini -- so dry that, at first, one doesn't quite taste much of anything."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Un viaje a través de los laberintos del poder y de la burocracia, con una economía narrativa que, por más que ponga a prueba la paciencia del espectador, luce plenamente al servicio de su anécdota."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The insidious humour and fascination with moral quandaries keep it consistently engrossing."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Porumboiu's film is proof that a police procedural can be compelling even without the genre's usual maverick sleuthing or combustible action."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
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