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The Whistlers

La Gomera
Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
RO, FR, DE 201997' ro, en

Not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarked by the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of treachery and deception. A secret ancestral whistling language spoken on the Spanish island of La Gomera might just be what they need to pull it off. 

The characters here are caught up in a world dominated by strong opinions, where everyone wants to impose their point of view on others: it’s a permanent power play. In a dark world where everything must be negotiated, genuine communication functions better through a secret language that enables – for those who master it – the ability to extract oneself from the control of very tense human relationships, to be able to preserve a kind of sincerity. The music in this dark comedy is ranging from Carl Orff to Iggy Pop.

Curator's point of view: The Romanian New Wave director tries his hand in crime comedy, deftly playing with clichés and mixing techniques of crime shows with almost Bondesque elements.