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A movie not for everybody, but a remarkable and intense drama
"Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier" (If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle) is a complex drama about an inmate(Silviu) at a prison in Romania who is to be released in 15 days, but finds out that his mother just came back from Italy and she wants to take his younger brother there with her. Also she wants to leave in 7 days, a thing which Silviu cannot accept.
The movie is not for everybody and cannot be compared with other movies related to prisons, prisoners or stuff like that. It does not have clever escape plans, surprising events or crazy shootings. What made this movie so successful at Berlin Festival (where it won two awards, including the Silver Bear) was the unique way of directing from Florin Serban, but also the intense drama of the situation which drives Silviu to extreme limits, making him do the most unthinkable things. Also in Silviu's life appears Ana, a young intern who has to make interviews with inmates.
Again, this movie is not for the masses. An average movie viewer today will probably become bored, will think this movie has no point and so on. Due to today's trend in the movie industry, films like these are ignored and labeled as bad movies. Luckily, there are still critics like those from the Berlin Film Festival which can rate a movie to its true value.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
The Best Movie From The Past 3 Years
You may argue as much as you can about my statement, but I honestly believe that this movie should be a model for the current movie industry. The atmosphere in the movie is unmatched with any other movie i have seen recently, the characters have powerful multi-dimension evolutions and they are anything but flat, quite funny considering that this movie is competing with Cameron's 3D blockbuster with 1D flat characters who made me wanna leave the theater before the end, but that's another story.
This is one of the few movies that kept me in the chair all the way through, I mean, it so thrilling and tense that you cannot move or even take your hand and reach for the popcorn, amazing direction from Kathryn Bigelow plus a great and convincing acting from Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie which although is not the most powerful element of the movie, it fits perfectly in the scenery.
At the beginning I wanted to give this movie a 9 for being a damn good movie which really kept me entertained for 2 hours, but then ending came and it was simply a masterpiece ending. I can say that the Supermarket scene with the cereal boxes is by far one of the most powerful scenes I have ever seen in a movie, it makes a grand conclusion to a great movie. The final scene where James is suited and walks towards a bomb (probably) is also great because you can see on his face that he belongs there, he can no longer have a normal life, he doesn't feel right back home, because the war made a great impact on him, the things he has seen, things he has done are to much for a single man to carry around back home, you see his wife doesn't understand the tragedies he has seen (the story about the man giving candy to children, then blowing up the car). While being sad, the ending also gives a troubling message about the real war.
All in all, this was THE MOVIE of the last years and I sure hope to see similar powerful movies in the future. 10/10 for me.