January 22nd, 2016



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Set in early 19th century Romania, a policeman, Costandin, is hired by a nobleman to find a Gypsy slave who has run away from his estate after having an affair with his wife.

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 7.9/10 (2,463 voted)

Critic's Score: 86/100

Director: Radu Jude

Stars: Teodor Corban, Mihai Comanoiu, Toma Cuzin

Set in early 19th century Wallachia, when a local policeman, Costandin, is hired by Iordache, a boyar (local noble), to find Carfin, a Gypsy slave who had run away from the boyar's estate after having an affair with his wife, Sultana. Costandin sets out to find the fugitive, beginning a journey full of adventures. Gypsy slavery lasted from the 14th century up until the middle of the 19th century, a situation which is very little known and almost nonexistent in the public debate today, although its impact continues to influence Romania's social life.

Writers: Radu Jude, Florin Lazarescu

Teodor Corban - Costandin
Mihai Comanoiu - Ionita
Toma Cuzin - Carfin Pandolean
Alexandru Dabija - Iordache Cîndescu
Luminita Gheorghiu - Smaranda Cîndescu
Victor Rebengiuc - Stan Paraschiv
Alberto Dinache -
Alexandru Bindea - Priest on the road
Mihaela Sirbu -
Adina Cristescu -
Serban Pavlu -
Gabriel Spahiu -
Mihaela Drãgan - Carfin's Wife
Puiu Mircea Lascus - Hangiul
Daniel Visan - Caldasin


Official Website: Official Facebook

Country: Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France

Language: Romanian, Turkish, Romany

Release Date: 22 January 2016

Filming Locations: Romania

Box Office Details

Budget: €1,250,000 (estimated)

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User Review


Rating: 10/10

I think it's almost impossible for someone who is not a Romanian speaker to really get most of the dialog in this movie. There are a lot of archaic words and expressions from funny to sad or contemplative that are for sure lost in translation. I am a Romanian, born and raised in this country, and I didn't understand 30-35 % of the words. I have to see it again with subtitles on to fully appreciate the mesmerizing Wallachian dialect. It's a great movie nonetheless, with beautiful cinematography and solid performances from the actors, so I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to see how life was 200 years ago in Romania.


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