Constandin, a constable in the 19th century Wallachia is commissioned by a Boyar to capture a gypsy runaway slave. The constable goes on a serpentine journey with his son, Lonita to capture and take the slave him back to the boyar. The movie tracks Constandin’s journey, where he meets a plenty of characters who assist him on his path to his target.
Running Time:
108 min
Release date:
22 January 2016
Directed by:
Radu Jude
Produced by:
Ada Solomon
Written by:
Radu Jude
Florin Lazarescu
Teodor Corban
Mihai Comănoiu
Toma Cuzin
Alexandru Dabija
Luminița Gheorghiu
Victor Rebengiuc
Șerban Pavlu
Music by:
Dana Bunescu
Shot by:
Marius Panduru
Editing by:
Cătălin Cristuțiu
Distributed by:
Hi Film Productions

What’s Hot

  • The director does a fine job of documenting a certain time period – 1835 Wallachia. Though the movie is a satire of the political situation in 1835, it reflects the economic class divide in a very realistic and universally relatable fashion. The mindsets and prejudices of people in different strata of the society – a monk who is racist, the gypsy slave who is so used to oppression, the constable who is a mute witness and their moral dilemmas are still very relevant.
  • The writing and the dialogues play a pertinent role in bringing out this period to life. The relatability of the characters is mainly because they are well written. Half way through the movie, when Constandin asks his son, what would people two hundred years later in time, think of their situations – this is an introspective moment brought in by the well written dialogue.
  • Teodor Corban as Constandin is just the apt choice for bringing out both the humane side of a small cog in a big machinery and the reflection of the inhuman side of the system in each member, who are willingly or unwillingly part of the system. Though the acting doesn’t stand out as a separate entity with very few close-ups used, the movie is realistic only because the acting complements the writing.
  • The black and white cinematography with languid long shots and abundant wide frames akin to paintings, suits the milieu brilliantly. The house of the boyar, the slave settlements, the wide luscious mountainous landscapes, the claustrophobic inn show the amount of painstaking effort invested in art direction for this movie.

What’s Not

  • The initial sections of the movie before it settles down feature quite a few random conversations which could have been intentional, but tend to disengage the audience with a meandering nature – a test of patience that needs to be withstood to experience the awesome pieces that follow.


Art direction

Screened at

The Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) 2015

The Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) 2015 scheduled from Jan 6 -13, 2016 is an annual film festival organised by a film society, the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF), with the support of the government of Tamil Nadu, the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce and the Film Federation of India.

Event Info

Date of Screening : 7-Jan-2016
Venue and Time : Woodlands, 7 PM



Verdict Stamp

Aferim is definitely an ageless masterpiece with oodles of technical brilliance and is such a well written satire of a certain time period and an associated social system, that it stays relevant even when extended to the current time!