Synopsis: Set in early 19th century Wallachia, when a local policeman, Costandin, is hired by Iordache, a boyar (local noble), to find Carfin, a Gypsy slave who had run away from the boyar's estate after having an affair with his wife, Sultana. Costandin sets out to find the fugitive, beginning a journey full of adventures. Gypsy slavery lasted from the 14th century up until the middle of the 19th century, a situation which is very little known and almost nonexistent in the public debate today, although its impact continues to influence Romania's social life.
Director(s): Radu Jude
  23 wins & 7 nominations.
108 min

...And them as were still alive,

where'd they go?

Every which way,

like ghosts, on the fields...

By October, the town was deserted.

All you heard was:

"Step aside, it's the undertakers!"

They piled them together,

dead and plagued.

They tried to gather them

from every corner of town

but the dead stayed in the streets

'til the undertakers came.

Then they buried them in gardens.

And the fearsome death kept on 'til January.

- Poor souls...

- Great woe for the Christians!

- There was also thieves dressed as undertakers.

- How so?

With a red scarf 'round their necks.

They went around thieving,

taking money, silverware...

People fled them like death,

for they picked up the ill, too,

threw them into the wagon

and hit them with a bat over the head.

But worse still

were the living abandoned

with no cover

on the frozen fields.

All around you heard the screams

of the miserable souls

in the fields at Dudesti...

Ah, Christ's blood!

And we, the living,

thought ourselves dead

and wandered around, dazed.


Look, Satan's coming!

Oi, aunt, wait!

Good day to you, constable.

As good as your soul!

Are you scared?


Good, the clear sky

fears not the lightning.

- Who are you?

- A good soul.

We'll see 'bout that.

Whence are you coming?

I'm of Geanache's,

Leana by name...

I think I know you.

Where are you going, you hag?

Taking my ol' man

to kiss the Virgin's icon.

He is dying

and will leave me alone.

- What ails him?

- The fever.

Go away! It could be the cholera!

You'll kill us.

You didn't ask.

You should have told us

yourself, stupid cow!

I ought to give your fat ass

a whipping...

F*ck you, crone!

- Did you cross the forest?

- Nay, I was afraid.

- Are the Gypsy gold panners still in the forest?

- I don't know.

Where are you taking your man?

I hope to find a nun

to give him some herbs...

She'll give him some bell juice,

priest's song...

...and some spade oil.

Out of my sight!

- Filthy plague rat...

- Barefoot hag...

- We have business with the abbot.

- What business?

A secret from boyar Candescu.

Father Superior!

The poor prays more than the rich,

'cause he has time.

Lord be with us!

Good day, bright lord.

The constable is here

for some enquiries.

If you know anything, speak up.

- How many souls here?

- Thirty souls. Ten died...

- Who's Carfin's sister?

- Me, bright lord.

- Where's he off to, you crow?

- I don't know.

Haven't seen him since I was sold

to the monastery here...

- You don't know, eh?!

- I don't!

- Tell him!

- Stay out of it, that's my craft.

- Crow, what's your name?

- Pena.

- Want to taste this whip?

- Sure I don't.

Where is he, filthy whore?

Tell me, or

I'll whip all you slaves to death!

- Where is he?

- We don't know nothing, sir.

- I'll give you a silver coin.

- We don't know.

The monks beats us all the time,

but we don't know.

- Say what?

- Said we don't know!

He went to the gold panners.

- How do you know?

- He told me when we were sowing.

Said there's more freedom there.

- Fine.

- Merciful lord, the coin!

F*ck off, crows!

You'll get the coin when I find him.

Back to work, crows!

- Gypsies, can't change them...

- Don't we know it?!

Our own good brandy.

Enjoy it.

- Worthy of the Wedding at Cana!

- Our thanks, Father.

God be with you.

- How 'bout a riddle?

- Let's hear it.

"Lifeless out of life,

life out of lifeless."



You say it, Ionita.

The egg,

for the hen lays it lifeless,

and when it hatches,

it comes to life.

The chicken!

Go with the Lord.

I'm getting lame...

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Radu Jude

Radu Jude (Romanian: [ˈradu ˈʒude]; born March 28, 1977) is a Romanian film director and scenarist. more…

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