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26 March 2010 (Romania) See more »
Two weeks before his release, a teenage prisoner learns that his mother has returned home. Meanwhile, he finds himself in love with a student working in the penitentiary as an intern. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

George Pistereanu ... Silviu

Ada Condeescu ... Ana
Mihai Constantin ... Penitenciary Director

Clara Voda ... Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurentiu Banescu ... The Professor
Papan Chilibar ... Ursu'
Cosmin Padureanu ... Gardian #2

Directed by
Florin Serban 
Writing credits
Catalin Mitulescu (written by) and
Florin Serban (written by)

Andreea Valean (play "Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier)

Produced by
Tomas Eskilsson .... co-producer
Marcian Lazar .... associate producer
Victor Mavrodineanu .... associate producer
Catalin Mitulescu .... producer
Daniel Mitulescu .... producer
Florentina Onea .... executive producer
Fredrik Zander .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Marius Panduru 
Film Editing by
Sorin Baican 
Catalin Cristutiu 
Casting by
Emil Slotea 
Production Design by
Ana Ioneci 
Costume Design by
Augustina Stanciu 
Makeup Department
Bianca Boeroiu .... makeup artist
Production Management
Rebekka Garrido .... post-production supervisor
Ruxandra Slotea .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adriana Itu .... second assistant director
Emil Slotea .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Gelu Costache .... sound recordist
Anders Degerberg .... sound mastering
Alex Dragomir .... foley recordist
Andreas Franck .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas Huhn .... sound re-recording mixer
Marius Leftarache .... adr recordist
Lucas Nilsson .... foley artist
Florin Sora .... boom operator
Florin Tabacaru .... sound designer
Florin Tabacaru .... sound editor
Sebastian Zsemlye .... foley & sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Britt Dunse .... title designer
Philipp Großmann .... scanning supervisor
Florian Obrecht .... visual effects
Kolja Schoon .... scanning operator
Cosmin Padureanu .... stunt double: George Pistereanu
Cosmin Padureanu .... stunts
Doru Raceala .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
George Dascalescu .... camera operator
Bogdan Stanciu .... steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cristina Ghergheli .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Mihai Codleanu .... assistant editor
Linda Dalin .... post-production coordinator
Ruxandra Mihai .... assistant editor
Cristian Nicolescu .... post production consultant
Music Department
Jean-Paul Wall .... Trailer Music
Jean-Paul Wall .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Dragos Andrei Chihaescu .... production assistant (as Dragos Chihaescu)
Peter Gustafsson .... film consultant
Irina Stanciulescu .... post production coordinator
Cosmin Padureanu .... special thanks
Marten Rabarts .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier" - Romania (original title)
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94 min
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Romania's official submission for the Foreign Language Film Award of the 83rd Academy Awards.See more »


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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A real (pleasant) surprise!, 11 February 2011
Author: rbap from Canada

Sadly, only a few savvy reviewers seem to have gotten the point in, If I Want To Whistle I Whistle. Rather than what it is about, this film is not about many things: it is not a film about Romania, about prisons, about troubled youth, nor about prison breaks (and certainly not about 'Prison Brake', as the nitwit who only saw the trailer put it).

This is simply a film about an individual's highly charged personal drama. It's a story that could happen anywhere on earth to anybody at all. I knew it would be good when in the first two minutes I got that churning feeling in my gut that something just wasn't right.

Despite the prison setting, the inmates don't really seem to have the sort of animosity towards one another as one sees in all American prison movies. The guards, too, seem to be easy going, chatting rather casually with the prisoners who are working outdoors and making the best of it by singing and carrying on some light banter. And yet, the tension is somehow palpable. I don't know why anybody would complain about the pacing here. It makes no pretense to being an action film, and for the story it's telling, the pacing is spot on.

There is an intense focus on Silviu, the protagonist, who learns from his younger brother that their mother has arrived to take him back to Italy with her a week before Silviu is due to be released. In fact this is the basic premise of the movie, and even before I started it I expected that it would likely end up being rather flat and uninteresting. I mostly felt obliged by the number of nods Romanian films have gotten lately at International Festivals (including this one, in Berlin). I made the right choice.

This is a Drama in the real sense of the word; an examination of raw emotions that surround one's personal microcosm and all the things, little and small, that those around you may know about but can't possibly understand. The director manages to put the audience in Silviu's shoes every step of the way. You feel for him, you question him, and the whole time the tension mounts as you're wondering how it's all going to end up.

There is no reason to post any spoilers here, more detail will take away from the experience should you choose to watch it. I commend the actors who were brilliant, particularly George Pistereanu's, Silviu, but also the Director, Florin Serban, for his vision and the crew who took part in the production. While it's not the glossy type of film Hollywood's gotten us used to, it's very obvious that a lot of thought went into making it and that's why I rate it as highly as I do. 9/10

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