By the Book by Bogdan Barbulescu - CINEPUB

Best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray

An independent short film produced by Bell Film in co-production with Alien Film, with Crina Semciuc, Andrei Seușan, Ionuț Ghenu, Diana Cavallioti, Dorian Boguță part of the main cast. The movie tells the story of Cornel, who turns 18 and sets off on a trip that will show him some aspects of life he would never have imagined before. One of those shorts in which nothing is too tough to show when things get out of control.

By the Book by Bogdan Barbulescu - CINEPUB

Director: Bogdan Bărbulescu
Scriptwriters: Bogdan Bărbulescu, Andra Barbuica
Cast: Crina Semciuc, Andrei Seușan, Ionuț Ghenu, Diana Cavallioti, Dorian Boguță, Andrei Coman, Bogdan Nechifor, Vali Mihali
Produced by: Mihaela Stoian, Daniel Pârvulescu
Cinematography by: Marius Ivașcu
Editing by: Bogdan Bărbulescu
Category: short film
Genre: drama
Year: 2013
Duration: 30 minutes
Subtitles:  english
Territories: –

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Cornel turns 18 and he wants to celebrate his birthday downtown with his three best friends. Their trip goes from fun to absurd in a flash, making the four of them reconsider their existence.

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In an old Dacia, four good friends from a village get off on a trip to Bucharest to celebrate one of them turning 18. Everything is planned „by the book”, starting with the food and finishing with the fun: first a movie, then maybe some fooling around with the girls. Everything changes when the birthday guy asks for too much: he’d like to drive the car, although he doesn’t have a driving license yet.

„By the book” is, ultimately, one of those Romanian shorts about young people and the way they discover limits, about how, when one is 18, one wants it all and one wants it now.

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„(…) happy birtday, kid… What am I saying, you’re a grown man from now on…”

I would have cut you, so even your mother wouldn’t recognize you…”

„Will you give me the car a bit, you know I’m good.”

„Or, we fix it tomorrow, when we calm down, it’s his birthday after all…”

„The lady comes as a warranty.”

„But I didn’t do nothing to him, I swear!”
„I thought he’s dead-drunk.”


  • Indie Independent Fil Producers Festival, Bucharest – Romania, 2012

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