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The Whistlers (2019)

La Gomera (original title)
A policeman intent on freeing a crooked businessman from a prison on Gomera, an island in the Canaries. However, he must first learn the difficult local dialect, a language which includes hissing and spitting.

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Corneliu Porumboiu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Vlad Ivanov ... Cristi
Catrinel Marlon ... Gilda
Rodica Lazar
Agustí Villaronga ... Paco
Sabin Tambrea
István Teglas
Cristóbal Pinto ... Carlito
Antonio Buíl
George Pistereanu ... Alin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrei Barbu Andrei Barbu ... Turist on farryboat
Andrei Ciopec ... Criminalist
Sergiu Costache ... Toma
Julieta Szönyi Julieta Szönyi ... Mama
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Storyline

Cristi, a Romanian police officer who is a whistle blower for mafia, is going to La Gomera Island to learn an ancestral whistling language. In Romania he is under police surveillance and by using this coded language he will continue to communicate with the mobsters to get Zsolt out of prison. Zsolt is the only one who knows where 30 millions of euros are hidden. Written by 42 KM FILM

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

Romania | France | Germany | Sweden

Language:

Romanian | English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 February 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hegyek szigete See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,271
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Die Moritat von Mackie Messer
written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
performed by Ute Lemper
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deconstructed neo-noir
15 October 2019 | by groucho-ncSee all my reviews

La Gomera a.k.a. "The Whistlers" is a fun Romanian neo-noir borrowing suspense tropes from James Cain, Robert Siodmak and Jules Dassin. The premise is a cop (no unreliable voice overs here) who had to learn the idiom of the whistling language for communicating with people living in interstitial spaces inside and outside of the law. Offbeat, at times hilarious in a deadpan way and rife with truly beautiful mise en scène, the film is a deconstructed tribute to this specific and particular film genre but operates outside of it. All the characters are vividly drawn, the supporting ones carry out the one-dimensionality of their roles with a certain lived-in freshness. The use of music was also very tasteful and deliberately operatic as counterpoint to the life-and-death situations, quirkily told. Corneliu Porumboiu seems to be having fun directing this story -- it shows and I for one was swept by the story and storytelling.


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