09 20 Oct '24
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Henri Colpi


98' - 1963 - Crime, Drama - Dialogue: French, Romanian
Director: Henri Colpi Composer: Henri Colpi, Theodor Grigoriu With: Alexandru Virgil Platon, Razvan Petrescu, Françoise Brion
An ex-convict struggles to survive by brute force alone in a turn-of-the-century slum in Braila. Codine (Alexandre Virgil Platon) is the thug who served 10 years for murdering a friend. He returns home to his miserly mother, whose penny-pinching ways infuriate her son. A young boy looks up to Codine, and through the man's eyes he sees the economic and social injustices from an adult perspective. When Codine kills another man who violated his trust, his mother becomes more unhinged and paranoid. Thinking her son will steal her hoarded money, she plots to kill her only son. The impressionable child watches in horror and amazement at the cruel machinations of the adult work that surrounds him.

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Henri Colpi


Henri Colpi, Theodor Grigoriu


Alexandru Virgil Platon, Razvan Petrescu, Françoise Brion


Panait Istrati, Yves Jamiaque, Dumitru Carabat

Director of Photography

Stefan Horvath, Marcel Weiss


Jasmine Chasney, Henri Colpi


Samy Halfon

More information


French, Romanian

Countries of production

Romania, France

Screenplay based on

"Les Récits d'Adrien Zograffi" (Panait Istrati)



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