Police, Adjective

(Politist, adj.)

In Conversation

  • Mona Nicoară is a documentary filmmaker, writer, film curator, and activist. Her documentary Our School won the top prize at AFI SilverDocs in 2011. She has contributed to periodicals including Harper’s Bazaar and The Guardian as well as human rights publications.


Dragos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov, Ion Stocia, Irina Saulescu,

The language of law, as witnessed and experienced by police, supervisors, and “criminals,” is dissected in this extraordinary work. Cristi is a decent beat cop tailing a clueless, unthreatening teenager around town and has plenty of time to ponder why his supervisors are unleashing the full weight of the law against an ordinary teen. The film’s first half, shot on the streets of contemporary Romania, documents a society between ruin and repair; the final section, a bravura long take of Cristi’s confrontation with his supervisors, is a philosophical examination of how the language of law is defined—and controlled, by those in power—through the laws of language.

Jason Sanders
  • Corneliu Porumboiu
  • Marius Panduru
  • Romanian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 113 mins
  • IFC Films