Police, Adjective. This year he entered the competition and picked up the Un Certain Talent prize with The Treasure (2015), a similarly wryly comic fable set in modern day Bucharest. Mild-mannered civil servant Costi (Cuzin Toma) is an unambitious, easygoing type, happy in his apartment with his wife (Cristina Toma) and son (Nicodim Toma) to whom he delights in reading stories, especially Robin Hood. One evening the storytelling session is interrupted by a neighbour, Adrian (Adrian Purcarescu), who is in need of borrowing money.
A dry, deadpan humour is apparent as the three men grow impatient with each other, plodding around the garden in search of treasure the existence of which hangs on the flimsiest of suppositions. They bicker about the equipment, and Adrian in particular reveals himself to be a grumpy feckless individual whose problems are more than likely firmly of his own making. The obstinate persistence of the men in their search is also demanded of the audience as Porumboiu takes his own sweet time in stretching the slightest of stories to a full eighty minutes. Nothing is left out, from the details of two metal detectors that detect in a slightly different way to an off-the-wall subplot which sees Costi accused/congratulated on having an affair with a colleague as a result of his truancy in going to find the metal detector. Despite the somnambulant pacing, Porumboiu closes the film with a third act which is nicely unpredictable and surprisingly heart warming. Although not quite the bounty of its title, The Treasure rewards the patient viewer with a quietly enchanting drama.
The 68th Cannes Film Festival takes place from 13-24 May 2015. For more Cannes coverage, simply follow this link.
John Bleasdale | @drjonty
★★★★☆ The Killing of a Sacred Deer
★★★★☆ The Meyerowitz Stories
★★★★☆ Happy End
★★★☆☆ The Square
★★★☆☆ 120 Beats Per Minute
★★★☆☆ Jupiter's Moon
Follow our ongoing Cannes 2017 coverage.
★★★★☆ Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster elevated the Greek director to the main competition and saw him walk away with the Jury Prize ...
★★★★☆ Entering the race for the Palme d'Or, Bong Joon-Ho's Okja is lumbering, clumsy but ultimately as loveable as its eponymou...
★★★☆☆ Outside of Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pirates of the Caribbean is one of Disney's most successful franchis...
★★★★☆ "Family isn't a word, it's a sentence," ran the tagline to Wes Anderson's Royal Tenenbaums. In Noah Baum...