One Floor Below


Directed by: Radu Muntean

Written by: Alexandru Baciu, Radu Muntean, Razvan Radulesu

Starring: Teodor Corban , Iulian Postelnicu, Oxana Moravec

 

A promising plot collapses into a completely shapeless and tedious film beefed up to feature length by the inclusion of a huge amount of irrelevant mundane detail, such as an odd obsession with the protagonist’s diet.

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The banality goes hand in hand with some accomplished naturalistic shooting which occasionally falls into nice tableaux, but isn’t enough to provide the interest lacking from the aimless narrative.

Despite a sympathetic turn from Corban, the lead character and his actions remain largely inscrutable; Muntean seems concerned only with watching him go through the motions. The family scenes, however, are well-realised.

Muntean offers some insight into the routine reality of this Romanian businessman, but ultimately the film sidesteps exploring the moral dilemma that at first seems to be its raison d’être.

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