The Whistlers

The Whistlers

97 minutes
English, Romanian & Spanish
Directed by:
Corneliu Porumboiu

In this wry, twisty noir thriller by Corneliu Porumboiu (“12:08 East of Bucharest,” “Police, Adjective”) — which debuted at Cannes — corrupt Romanian police officer Cristi (Vlad Ivanov) becomes entangled in drug-money-laundering scheme. With his apartment under surveillance by his superior — who has a similarly criminal bent — Cristi must move carefully, but he further complicates his life by falling for the sultry femme fatale Gilda (Catrinel Marlon). Lured to La Gomera in the Canary Islands, he’s asked to learn an ancestral whistling language, which will allow him to communicate in indecipherable code, and help extract a corrupt businessman — who knows where 30 million Euros are hidden — from prison. Indiewire, which describes the film as “a polished mashup of genre motifs that suggests what might happen if the ‘Ocean’s 11’ gang assembled on the Canary Islands,” writes: “There’s the potential for a big score, the threat of police officers closing in, and even a love story … but good luck trying to sort it all out, because in the grand tradition of ‘The Maltese Falcon’ and ‘The Big Sleep,’ Porumboiu treasures the chemistry between his characters over the meandering scenario that grows around them.”


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