DIR Corneliu Porumboiu
PROD Corneliu Porumboiu
SCR Corneliu Porumboiu
CAST Dragoş Bucur, Vlad Ivanov
Ah... film not seen. Here's the notes: Porumboiu, a leading figure in the New Romanian Wave, and director of the witty and trenchant 12:08 East of Bucharest, has scored again with a wonderfully mordant satire, this time of the police and bureaucracy of "justice". Cristi, a reluctant undercover cop, is on stake-out, engaged in the tedia of procedural police work as he stakes out the movements of a suspected/potential young drug dealer. As Cristi becomes more and more convinced of his "stalkee" he comes face to face with the absurd Kafkaesque legal system through a brilliant parodic linguistic analysis of the job he has undertaken and the issues of personal moral responsibility.
Brilliant, inspired serendipity of scheduling — Centre Stage not available so this terrific Morris Panych play was performed in the basement of the Acme Food Co. restaurant. At one point head dishwasher Dressler shakes a raised fist to the ceiling and says he wants to go up and gouge out the eyes of the diners with an escargot fork.