Directed by Radu Jude • Drama • With Teodor Corban, Toma Cuzin, Luminita Gheorghiu • 2016 • 108 minutes
Eastern Europe, 1835. Two riders cross a barren landscape in the middle of Wallachia. They are the gendarme Costandin and his son. Together they are searching for a gypsy slave who has run away from his nobleman master and is suspected of having an affair with the noble's wife. While the unflappable Costandin comments on every situation with a cheery aphorism, his son takes a more contemplative view of the world. On their odyssey they encounter people of different nationalities and beliefs: Turks and Russians, Christians and Jews, Romanians and Hungarians. Each harbors prejudices against the others which have been passed down from generation to generation. And even when the slave Carfin is found, the adventure is far from over.
"Aferim! is an exceptional, deeply intelligent gaze into a key historical period, done with wit as well as anger." —Variety
"Delicious and wicked as the dialogue is — the insults and epithets are Shakespeare with a hard-R rating — the fire that fuels the film's engine is a lot more serious... The current of informed anger, directed at those who stand by while injustice and bigotry flourish, is unmistakable..." —The Playlist