The Whistlers Review: This Romanian Film Leaves you Whistling in the Dark
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The Whistlers Review: This Romanian Film Leaves you Whistling in the Dark

The Whistlers Movie Review: It is one of the most pretentious dark films you may have watched in a long time

  • Movie Name The Whistlers (Romanian)
  • Director Corneliu Porumboiu
  • Actor Rodica Lazar, Vlad Ivanov
  • Rating
  • Rating 2/5 Stars

Rating: **(2 stars)

If I were you, I wouldn’t  try to pronounce the names of the actors, director and technicians in the Romanian film where  the hero, is a balding over-the-hill cop with  monstrously ambiguous moral values who is invited to a remote island by the excruciatingly enigmatic Gilda (Cartinel Marlon) to help her rescue an imprisoned drug dealer.

At the Spanish island, the compromised cop Cristi learns a whistling language of communication. It really doesn’t matter which spoken language the characters speak in.  They all sound like creatures  from an alien planet  who have just discovered the pleasures of being part  of a cryptic  project where  everyone has something to  hide and no one seems  to know what they are hiding, and  from whom.

There  is this third important  character a  female  cop named Magda(Rodica Lazar) who steps  out of her office for a  smoke every time  she  wants to indulge in a   corrupt practice.You may want to follow Ms Magda out of her office and right out of  the  film too provided  there are exits to the futile darkness that the Romanian directors spills into the frames  creating a world so  dimly lit, it can’t find  its own centre.And so  dark the characters can’t tell their  mouth from their nether region.

From what I could make out  of Criti (Vlad Ivanov) he is  not very clear on his head about which side he wants  to be  on. Because  the  good side, the law enforcement agency, is  not so  good after all.As for  the bad side it is as  dark sinister and  uninviting as the mafia has  always  been.At one point a wandering curious filmmaker  strolls into the  mafia hideout. He  is given a two-gun salute  .

So  let me  get to the  point. There is  no  point to this  exercise in  deep silhouetting undertaken to give  really  a dark shade to the  noire thriller. In the cinema of Roman Polanski and Alan Pakula you  come across sultry pouty  aggressively sexy mysterious heroines  and  morally confounded extremely masculine investigators who fall for  the  lethal charms  of the  ferociously seductive femme fatale.

Remember Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson in Chinatown? If the two had been put in pointless unnecessarily  dark desultory aimless  plot , the result would have been The Whistlers.

The Whistlers is  the one of the  most pretentiously dark films I’ve seen  in  recent times. That is excusable. But it also an enormously dull  lifeless film where even a crucial lovemaking sequence resembles a seance more than a seduction. And that’s inexcusable.

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