Is my philistinism showing through?
Porumboiu's experimental feature is a tough one to evaluate. I greatly admire it as a conceptual work. Its rigor is undeniable, as is its raison d'être. The director's father Adrien, who was a prominent football referee during the Communist period, is watching and commenting on a taped match, in its entirety, along with Corneliu. It's a match Porumboiu Sr. officiated, between two Romanian teams (Dinamo and Steaua) who were semi-directly affiliated with opposing political camps (the Secret Police and the Army, respectively). So although Porumboiu was highly respected as a fair and impartial referee, he understood that he was walking a thin line as far as Ceausescu-era politics was concerned.
The Porumboius provide the…