Aferim!

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Synopsis

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.

Cast

  • Teodor Corban
  • Mihai Comanoiu
  • Toma Cuzin
  • Alexandru Dabija
  • Luminita Gheorghiu
  • Victor Rebengiuc
  • Alberto Dinache
  • Alexandru Bindea
  • Mihaela Sirbu
  • Adina Cristescu

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Metacritic

100
Jan 21, 2016

Shot in richly toned, wide-screen black and white, Aferim! looks like an elegant exercise in period playacting. But it casts a fierce, revisionist eye on the past, finding the cruelty and prejudice that lie beneath the pageantry.

Metacritic review by A.O. Scott
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
75
Jan 21, 2016

The movie establishes a quality of history by filming in black and white and shooting from a distance, so as to emphasize the broad picture.

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
90
Jan 19, 2016

Quite possibly the only film ever made focused on the centuries-long enslavement of the Romani in Eastern Europe, Aferim! plays like a sleight of hand, amusing us at a distance with vulgarisms and entrancing us with countryside while the bloody work of civilization grinds on out of the corner of our eye.

Metacritic review by Michael Atkinson
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice