An ex-convict struggles to survive by brute force alone in a turn-of-the-century slum in Braila. Codine is the thug who served 10 years for murdering a friend. He returns home to his miserly mother, whose penny-pinching ways infuriate her son. A young boy looks up to Codine, and through the man’s eyes he sees the economic and social injustices from an adult perspective.
Director: Henri Colpi.
Writers: Panait Istrati (novel), Yves Jamiaque, Dumitru Carabat, Henri Colpi.
Stars: Alexandru Virgil Platon, Françoise Brion, Nelly Borgeaud, Maurice Sarfati, Razvan Petrescu, Germaine Kerjean, Graziela Albini, Ion Anghel, Nicolae Bodescu, Dorin Dron, Eugenia Bosânceanu, Mihai Fotino.
1963 Cannes Film Festival – Winner Best Screenplay (Dumitru Carabat/Henri Colpi/Yves Jamiaque)
1963 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or.