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POKER

by Sergiu Nicolaescu

synopsis

Four boys start neglecting school in order to meet in a hidden location and play poker. As time goes by, their poker games become more and more serious, while at the same time bring them closer as friends. Now that they are grown-ups, Claudiu, Titel, Horia and Marcel are known as the resourceful politician, the surgeon who knows people, the adventurous gangster and the millionaire architect. Behind their normal day-to-day activities, such as cocoa transactions or garden gnomes deals, the boys hide serious, money-making businesses. Their last "match" reveals that each of the four friends has a secret plan the others don't know about, and soon their traditional poker game turns into a ridiculous bluff. While Monica, the politician's mistress, watches their cat and mouse game with disguised indifference, the boys fail to realize that none of them has the ace up his sleeve...

original title: Poker
country: Romania
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Sergiu Nicolaescu
film run: 112'
release date: RO 09/04/2010
screenplay: Adrian Lustig
cast: Vladimir Găitan, Horaţiu Mălăele, Valentin Teodosiu, Ion Ritiu, Catalina Grama, Vasile Muraru, Mircea Diaconu
cinematography by: Viorel Sergovici
film editing: Nita Chivulescu
art director: Stefanescu Andrei, Mihai Bardasan, Gabi Burlacu, Popa Daniel, Niculai Ion, Nicolae Marius, Monica Sorescu
music: Petru Margineanu
producer: Iuliana Tarnovetchi, Andrei Boncea
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