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The Whistlers

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.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Eric Kohn
"Porumboiu's enjoyable riff on the heist movie tradition has a unique hook (...) [He] imbues this slick ensemble piece with a wry agenda."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Jessica Kiang
"There’s not enough whistling: As a screwy plot device with so much potential, it feels curiously under-exploited here (...) As a low-key romp (...) [it] is an enjoyable affair with just enough of a slant to feel a little offbeat."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Joel Keller
"A sexy, funny and chic, a distinctive riff on a familiar formula."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Lee Marshall
"[It] makes too little attempt to lend heft and coherence to the scattershot nature of its themes and obsessions, wrapped up in a package that plays with the hard-boiled crime genre without delivering much of a punch"  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Steve Pond
The Wrap
"An oversized, deliciously twisted ride that runs on an endless supply of black humor and a sizeable body count (...) The labyrinthine plot can be hard to follow, but the deadpan humor keeps things moving."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Leslie Felperin
The Hollywood Reporter
"Highly entertaining but dense tale (...) The whole package is perfectly enjoyable but sometimes it feels maybe a touch too facile and too immersed in the old-school gender attitudes of classic noirs"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
A. O. Scott
The New York Times
"An ingeniously structured, engaging and witty display of filmmaking skill. It is Porumboiu’s most elaborate feature and in some ways his least ambitious."  POS
BelgiumBelgium F
Marta Bałaga
"The story itself, well, it kind of whistles away, but still makes for a pleasant enough watch (...) The whole thing also feels a tad old-fashioned in all the wrong places"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"Porumboiu gives us a knotty, twisty, nifty plot that’s quite involved but hangs together well (...) An elegant and stylishly crafted piece of entertainment (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club
"A delectable deadpan noir (...) [It] is consistently compelling, helped along by its terse stylistic efficiencies"  POS
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