Friday, January 29, 2016

Movie Review: The Treasure (2015)

The Treasure (Comoara) (2015). Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. Starring Toma Cuzin, Adrian Purcarescu, Corneliu Cozmei. 

The Treasure is one of those low-key foreign films you might watch on a quiet Saturday or a lazy Sunday morning, basically a quiet comedy and feel-good movie about people doing the right thing under very strange circumstances. 

The plot revolves around two friends searching for buried treasure in modern day Romania. Adrian has lost his money and approaches his friend Costi for help; Adrian needs 800 euros to rent a metal detector to search his property for treasure he believes his grandfather buried. Costi, a government worker and father to a troubled son, doesn't have it on him but he agrees and negotiates for someone to come out and search. They find something, and it ends up changing at least one life.

What I loved about this movie is that it's shot through with quiet and consistent suspense, but there's this wonderful moment when you realize you have nothing to worry about. It's also very funny. If this movie ends up in your town I really encourage you to see it, or check it out if it comes to streaming or rental. It's short- barely an hour and a half- and really worth your time.