DVD: Police, Adjective (12A)

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This Romanian policier is less a cops'n'crims chase than a meditation on the actual slog of a police investigation.

Dragos Bucur plays Christi, a young officer who's been assigned the task of following three children; he's told to arrange a sting to bust them for smoking a joint. Christi's pursuit of the trio through Brasov features little but furiously long, mardy shots of Christi just smoking and watching. He eventually finds so little wrongdoing that he refuses to make the arrest. It leads to a beautifully shot end sequence in which he's made to go through a dictionary and define "conscience" to his boss. It's a slow, brooding, quiet study of a day job that's dull without being boring.