The Whistlers (La Gomera)
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Cristi (Vlad Ivanov) is a corrupt Bucharest policeman in hock to local gangsters. In over his head and subject to their whims, he is bought to La Gomera in the Canary Islands to be taught the local (and apparently genuine) tradition of silbo whistling, a whistled version of Spanish, so he can communicate with the bad guys without his police bosses catching on. Here begins a spiralling tale involving a parade of untrustworthy characters, an alluring femme fatale, sporadic violence and mattresses full of money. Referencing Hitchcock, Welles and others with cineaste glee, Corneliu Porumboiu has crafted a smart neo noir packed with thrills and delights. MH
Photo: Vlad Cioplea
Second Chance: Fri, 15th Nov 2019