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The Treasure (2016)

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Critic Consensus: The Treasure digs deep into Romanian history and yields a rich comedy full of deadpan laughs and winsome observations.

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A hunt for buried treasure sends two men on a surprising comic caper in this Cannes prize-winning charmer from acclaimed director Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective; 12:08 East of Bucharest). Costi (Cuzin Toma) is a workaday family man whose cash-strapped next-door neighbor (Adrian Purcarescu) makes him an intriguing proposition: help him find the fortune reportedly buried somewhere on the grounds of his family's country home and split the profits. But as the two men dig, they unearth more than they bargained for, excavating not only dirt, but traces of Romania's often tumultuous history. Part modern day fable, part profound social commentary,The Treasure confirms Porumboiu's status as "one of our great contemporary observers of the human comedy" (Variety).

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Cast

Radu Banzaru
as Vanzator
Iulia Ciochina
as Vanzatoare
Marius Coanda
as Politist 2
Clemence Valleteau
as Emma Dumont
Ana Maria Stegaru
as Copil Adrian
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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (17)

If the humor were any drier, it would be dust.

January 22, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Slowly ... something changes, and the functionality of Porumboui's style gives way to an ever-so-slight hint of wonder.

January 10, 2016 | Full Review…

"The Treasure" suggests that you can have both feet of clay and flights of fancy, and in the battle between the prosaic and the pie-eyed, the prosaic doesn't always have to win.

January 9, 2016 | Rating: A-

It's good absurdist stuff, a little reminiscent of the work of Aki Kaurismäki, albeit without that filmmaker's wooly-headed whimsy.

January 8, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Deadpan, determinedly low key and deeply absurd, the films of Corneliu Porumboiu are very much a particular taste, and "The Treasure" is no different.

January 7, 2016 | Full Review…

This charmer is determinedly mundane and low-key, until an unexpected finale transforms it.

January 7, 2016 | Full Review…
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