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The Treasure (2015)
October 24, 2015, 4:40 pm
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Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
4.5 Stars
The TreasureThe story of Robin Hood is the hugely appropriate framing device of Corneliu Porumboiu’s latest, which plays as an earnest parcel of wish fulfillment in the midst of a recession. Romania’s economic struggles and governmental incompetence form the backdrop of this fable involving two average men (Toma Cumin and Adrian Purcarescu) searching for treasure believed to be buried in the same location as an 1848 progressive revolution. Complicating matters is that any treasures they do find is to be inspected by the government and seized should it be deemed as having “historical importance” to the country. Porumboiu brought moments of dry social comedy to 12:08 East of Bucharest and Police, Adjective, but in The Treasure he fully realizes this potential, with his repetition of simple motifs such as the hellish wail of a metal detector showing a comic intuition worthy of Tati.