Romania/France, 2015, 89 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Corneliu Porumboiu, Unrated, Romanian with English subtitles
"This is a movie that lives up to its name." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Costa leads a fairly quiet, unremarkable life with his wife and son. He’s a good provider, but he struggles to make ends meet. One evening there’s a knock at the door. It’s a stranger, a neighbor named Adrian, with a business proposal: lend him some money to find a buried treasure in his grandparents’ backyard and they’ll split the proceeds. Is it a scam or a real treasure hunt? Corneliu Poromboiu’s modern-day fable starts out like an old Honeymooners episode with a get-rich-quick premise, gradually develops into a shaggy slapstick comedy, shifts gears into a hilariously dry delineation of multiple layers of pure bureaucracy and paperwork drudgery, and ends in a new and altogether surprising key. Poromboiu is one of the subtlest artists in movies, and this is one of his wryest films, and his most magical.
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