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The Treasure Review - AVClub

AVClub: Romanian writer-director Corneliu Porumboiu, whose style of comic deadpan is as diligent and specialized as watch repair, offers up another parable of mores in The Treasure, about a man who agrees to help his unemployed neighbor look for a family fortune at a country house. Over the years, Porumboiu (Police, Adjective) has come to be considered an acquired taste, but this droll comedy is his most accessible movie since the breakthrough 12:08 East Of Bucharest; its left turns and sense of humor shouldn’t seem alien to anyone who appreciates, say, early Louie, even if the style is a heck of a lot more minimalist. But though some might be left yearning for the riskier gambits of Police, Adjective and When Evening Falls On Bucharest, Or Metabolism, this is still very much a product of Porumboiu’s knack for earning unexpected laughs by never letting characters do anything cinematic. Surreally underplayed, The Treasure turns a wish-fulfillment fantasy (let’s say our heroes aren’t...

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