The Treasure (2015)
April 25, 2017 12:52 PM - Subscribe

Costi is a family man whose cash-strapped neighbor makes him an intriguing proposition: help him find the fortune reportedly buried somewhere on the grounds of his family's country home and split the profits. Romanian with English subtitles, currently on Netflix.
posted by fleacircus (1 comment total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
It's like watching about a hundred Guy de Maupassant short stories get thwarted, and what is left after winnowing feels more real and subtle.

I don't recommend clicking on the quotes above and reading a summary of the movie. Just watch if if you're intrigued by the combination of phrases like, "if the humor were any drier, it would be dust," and "slow scenes in which nothing in particular 'happens' but they also feel entirely fat-free," applied to a movie about searching for buried treasure, the maguffiniest maguffin of them all.

Watching this reminded me of my Romanian coworker's cynical-yet-acquiescent-yet-pushbackful conversational style, and apropos of nothing I'll always remember he introduced himself to me with a joke: "Do you like my watch? ... It's Russian—fastest watch in the world."
posted by fleacircus at 1:38 PM on April 25 [3 favorites]


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