ROMANIA – 2015 – DCP - 93 MINS

After being the sole unfortunate witness to a domestic quarrel that ends up in a murder, Patrascu finds himself at odds with two very close neighbors: one is the bizarre murderer. The other is his very own conscience.


"Corban is spot-on perfect in the role of Sandu, an unglamorous everyman who maintains an outer veneer of normalcy while occasionally betraying an inner turmoil as he struggles with his conscience and fears."
Toronto Star

"One Floor Below’ takes a common, adrenaline-fuelled plot and turns it into a slow burning thriller in which the anxiety gradually increases until it reaches the boiling point."
Digital Journal

High Tension: An interview with One Floor Below filmmaker Radu Muntean
Toronto Film Scene

"This film flew under the radar of many when it played at Cannes and TIFF last year, so it’s nice to see it getting a proper theatrical release during a time of year when there isn’t a heck of a lot of art-house competition outside of Oscar hopefuls. It’s definitely worth seeking out"
Toronto Film Scene

An interview with Radu Muntean
Film International

"It’s a film meant to leave audiences queasily stewing in their own moral juices, wondering what they would have done differently."
Globe and Mail

"About as far from a Hollywood thriller as possible while still dipping its toes into the genre, ‘One Floor Below’ is a unique film worth seeking out and savoring for those tired of the bright, expensive and bombastic style of American filmmaking."
High Def Digest

"Here’s a death where the facts don’t quite add up, and damned if Muntean is going to make them do so."
National Post

Radu Muntean Talks ‘One Floor Below’ and Making Viewers Uncomfortable
- Way too indie

Radu Muntean on making a movie about amniguit
NOW Magazine
"deep enough to yield a serious moral dilemma"
Cinema Scope

"Slow burn suspense"
Next Projection

"Muntean’s disciplined handling of tension allows him to mete out small amounts of anxiety throughout the film rather than going for a few big moments or shocks"

"One Floor Below resists simple char­ac­ter­i­za­tions and motivations in favour of complex and opaque behaviour" (Video)
Canadian Immigrant Song

"Muntean simply presents a situation, keeps the motivations and psychology under the surface, and lets the viewer make their own conclusions. It gives the film a richness, one that invites plenty of discussion and repeat viewings."
Way Too Indie

NNNN "Romanian cinema doesn't do grand gestures; instead One Floor Below watches dispassionately as Sandu's complicity grinds against his conscience and stress fractures start to appear."
NOW Magazine

"brilliantly executed slow-burn thriller"
TIFF Riffs

"a good ride showing the lives, attitudes and behaviour of Romanians in Bucharest"
Toronto Franco

One Floor Below has more than enough Hitchcockian suspense to keep audiences hooked to the very end.
Cinema Axis

"an interesting reflection on guilt when a suspicious father a neighbor of killing his girlfriend"
Requiem Pour Un Film