The movie's qualities are undeniable - three in number:
- a very beautiful photography (which is natural, since Radu Gabrea was always a very visual and plastic director);
- an extremely competent reconstitution of the retro environment, thanks to the executive producer;
- the commendable attempt to bring to attention a dramatic, but little known, historic reality.
Unfortunately, the script is very unprofessionally written, with a linear construction and a faulty structure. Also the directing, very amateurish, fails to create one single memorable scene - all the dramatic situations being common, predictable and childish. The actors are very poorly directed, so they play theatrically, demonstratively and with grandiloquent mannerisms - which is understandable, since Radu Gabrea is one of the so-called "middle aged dinosaurs" of Romanian cinema: the '70s generation, today deeply afflicted by obsoleteness.
The saddest thing of all is that, although dealing with the traumatic events surrounding the tragedy of an ethnic minority in the dark years of World War 2, "The Beheaded Rooster" remains devoid of any emotion. Since the author is definitely a very sensitive and feeling artist, we are led to conclude that the failure is caused simply by his professional awkwardness - which is a great pity indeed.