If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle (2010)
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Silviu has only two weeks left before his release from a hostile juvenile detention center. But when his mother, who abandoned him long ago, returns to take his younger brother away - a brother Silviu raised like a son those two weeks become an eternity. While his outcries for help fall on deaf ears, he finds himself mercilessly taunted and harassed by the other inmates. And just as Silviu's frustration evolves into full-throttled aggression, he is introduced to a beautiful social worker that he
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If 'The Death of Mr Lazarescu' and '4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days' represented the breakers of the so-called Romanian New Wave, this thinly competent entry is the backwash.
The seams of the narrative start to show, and by the end you are more aware of the filmmakers' ideas than of the character's life.
It's a measure of the movie's success that one oscillates between two despairs -- noting the abject failure of the system and the utter futility of revolt.
The tone, though not the style, brings to mind The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.
Serban's film is as flawed as the bruised character at its centre, but almost as compelling too.
Not for the first time, a Romanian film shows us an individual floundering within a system from which there can be no easy escape.
This is Şerban's second feature, and even though it's not quite all there, we very much look forward to his third.
Bare-bones technical chops allow two outstanding young actors to hog the limelight in this nail-biting Romanian thriller-drama.
Brings us old news that criminals come from dysfunctional family backgrounds and bad environments ... .
A distressing portrayal of how basically good people can be affected by adverse circumstances.
The film offers a paired-down, intense character-driven experience that propels its viewer into the suffocating world of life in juvenile detention.
A fine debut that provides another piece to the enigmatic puzzle that is Romanian cinema.
A well-acted albeit dull prison drama that's often tedious before it kicks into thriller mode too late in game.
Title phrase. . . is never said, but is powerfully visual [in] Pistereanu's blisteringly charismatic performance as he shifts from menacing violence to solicitous and caring.
Like few other prison films in memory, Florin Serban's If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle invokes the mental barriers and limitations that grow in even the best of men in the pokey
Despite its dire economic circumstances, Romania is producing some of the most interesting movies in the world today, this prison story being the latest example.
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