The Fixer

(Fixeur)
Romania/France 2016. Dir: Adrian Sitaru. 98 min. DCP

The heightened realism of Romania’s much-celebrated New Wave is masterfully deployed in prolific Romanian director Adrian Sitaru’s understated moral drama, inspired by true events. Radu (Tudor Istodor), an eager journalism trainee working as a fixer for a French news network in Bucharest, is hungry for his career-making break. He believes he’s found it in the story of two underage Romanian girls at the heart of an international sex-trafficking scandal: abducted then forced into prostitution in France, they were discovered by authorities and repatriated back to Romania. With his local connections and command of Romanian, Radu resolves to interview one of the victims, now in hiding at a monastery, venturing onto dubious moral ground in the process. Romania’s official entry for the upcoming Oscars. In Romanian and French with English subtitles.