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Directed by Radu Muntean

Romania 2015 93 mins.

Muntean’s understated fable about morality in the modern world centers on Sandu, a middle-aged businessman, father, and upright citizen who leads a normal life. Overhearing a neighbor couple in an angry fight, he soon after encounters the man on the apartment stairs. Then the woman is found dead. Sandu suspects the man must be involved, but unsure, says nothing to the police as he wrestles with the right course of action—if there is one. Meanwhile, the man, wondering what Sandu is thinking and if he might implicate him, starts to casually insinuate himself into Sandu’s family’s life, his constant presence escalating a crisis of conscience and a tense game of speculation and checkmate.

Genres: Drama