If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle

2011

If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle

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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 can only dream of being close to. Faced with a slew of conflicting emotions and wild with desperation, Silviu is driven to a surprising act of defiance as he makes a last grasp for freedom. -- (C) Film Movement

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  • May 20, 2012
    With Silviu(George Pistereanu) only having 15 days left on a four year sentence at a juvenile detention center, his younger brother Marius comes to visit, informing him that their mother(Clara Voda) is going to take him to Italy with her. Isn't that great? Upset, Silviu wants to get a closer look at who is with him but has the snot beaten out of him by a guard when he gets too close to the fence. Luckily, the warden(Mihai Constantin) says this will not affect his release which is brightened considerably when Ana(Ada Condeescu) comes to interview him. In return, he flirts with her. What "If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle" wants to aim for is a feeling of slow burn and dread in its first half. Rather, like every almost every other Romanian movie I have seen lately, it is full of long, pointless scenes that go nowhere, thus ruining the mood.(Seriously, can't anybody in the country edit?) So, it is not really clear what the movie is trying to say. Since it is not apparent that the mother is either abusive or toxic, maybe Silviu will just have to get over himself before he starts a new life on the outside.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2011
    I never understood why an inmate will do something to screw up his chance of parole or release right before it happens but I guess thats because I've never been to prison.Silviu really screwed up his release & any chance he had to be reunited with the brother he was taking care of before he got locked up & I don't understand why.I also didn't get the ending.It just had me shaking my head & thinking WTF?
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2011
    I viewed this at the 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival. Character driven drama about a young man (Pistereanu) in a desperate situation. With a slow deliberate pace we see that he is coping well with life in a detention center, but for ambiguous reasons his mother makes him lose his focus on good behavior and he starts acting out for special privileges. Strangely he creates a hostage situation with the girl student he has developed a crush upon. Is it an East European art film breaking the cliches of Hollywood fare? Or is it a puzzling tale with vague motivations and something lost in translation?
    Byron B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2011
    The winner of the 2010 Berlin Silver Bear, Romanian movie, If I want to whistle, I whistle, was about a young con, Sliviu, who was about to be released from prison in 15 days, after serving 4 years, when things got complicated for him. He wanted to prevent his younger bro, who he had raised, since their Mom abandoned them, to be taken away by their mother, since he passed through that faith when he was young.It was not a movie for everybody and could not be compared with other movies related to prison, but what made it so successful was the unique way of directing by Florin Serban, and also the intense drama of the situation which drove Silviu to extreme limits. The director made an excellent portrait of Romanian prisons and the drama inside, which was pure reality with an unexpected ending.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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