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The Whistlers (2019)

La Gomera (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 13 September 2019 (Romania)
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Not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a policeman who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception.

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Corneliu Porumboiu
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Credited cast:
Vlad Ivanov ... Cristi
Catrinel Marlon ... Gilda
Rodica Lazar ... Magda
Agustí Villaronga ... Paco
Sabin Tambrea ... Zsolt
István Téglás István Téglás ... Claudiu (as István Teglas)
Cristóbal Pinto ... Carlito
Antonio Buíl ... Kiko
George Pistereanu ... Alin
Julieta Szönyi Julieta Szönyi ... Mama
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Agranov ... Denis
Andrei Barbu Andrei Barbu ... Turist on farryboat
Libby Brien ... Various voices (voice)
Andrei Ciopec Andrei Ciopec ... Criminalist
Sergiu Costache ... Toma
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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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Loyalty is not their language.


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Trivia

The real-time through chapters is following: 1. Szolt 2. Mama 3. Gilda 4. Kiko 5. Sylbo language 6. Pako 7. Magda 8. Costi. See more »

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Features Un comisar acuzã (1974) See more »

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Die Moritat von Mackie Messer
written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
performed by Ute Lemper
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a rewarding experience for those who will stick with it until the end
8 August 2019 | by mjfhhhSee all my reviews

Cristi is a middle aged undercover police officer with mommy issues who is trying to find the location of some stolen money. So he goes to a remote island to learn a whistling language that will allow him to communicate with the criminals from a distance. There he rekindles a relationship with his old flame and his priorities change. As both the criminals and his colleagues are onto Cristi what choices will he make to come out clean of his predicament? A clever game of cops and robbers ensues.

Summing up this multi layered, not always coherent plot, is not an easy task. THE WHISTLERS takes a long time to get going but it's many elements come together building up to something special. Heavy on movie references it is heavily inspired by Tarantino movies, although the style of the cinematography is rather dull.

The script on paper must look great, but this is the case where a writer should let go of his work and let someone else direct. Cornelliu Porumboiu helmed 13 films but seems to be still searching for his directing style. While all the cast do their job well, the motives of their characters for the majority of the film are obscure to say the least.

But if this is the originality you are looking for THE WHISTLERS is for you. With good timing and a genuine sense of wit it is a rewarding experience for those who will stick with it until the end.


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Romanian | English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 September 2019 (Romania) See more »

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Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$20,458, 1 March 2020

Gross USA:

$55,608

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$809,030
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2.35 : 1
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