A very good, very subtle, and finally very powerful movie, POLICE, ADJECTIVE by Romanian filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu (shown below), which was part of this year's New York Film Festival, makes its theatrical & On Demand debut now. It's slow -- but, for me, never uninter-
esting because the moral question at its center becomes obvious early on, and once it grabs you, everything in the film is
then directed toward that question and/or spins off from it: What is the right, the best, thing to do for everyone concerned in this particular situation in which a student is smoking an illegal substance but is not dealing in its trade.
The person most involved in handling this situation is the police detective assigned to trail the student. We see him at work, in the field and at home with his wife, parrying with his co-workers and his bosses, trying to convince the latter of the importance of not dealing too harshly with this young man and -- in the process -- destroying his life. The detective is not a happy camper.
graphed that viewing it puts you in an almost constant state of pleasure (the crisp cinematography by Marius Panduru makes the absolute most of color, wherever it can be found). The acting by lead Dragos Bucur, above left, and Irina Saulescu (above, right) who plays his wife, as well as by Vlad Ivanov (the abortionist from 4 months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days who here plays the man in charge) is terrific, and Porumpoiu's dialog is spare until it is needed. At that point you'll want to stop and hit the rewind button, so pointed yet simultaneously on-target and obfuscatory the words become. You may also want to scream rebuttals at the screen.
Opening theatrically at the IFC Center tomorrow, December 23, it is concurrently screening On-Demand via local TV reception providers in various locations. View its complete release schedule here.