If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle (Eu Cand Vreau Sa Fluier, Fluier)
Directed by Florin Serban | ROMANIA / SWEDEN | 2010 | 94min | Subtitled
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Silviu is an aloof but watchful teenager in his last week of incarceration in a brutal juvenile prison camp in Romania. When he learns the mother he blames for ruining his life is about to claim his little brother, he comes unglued. Florin Serban’s directorial debut, cowritten by producer Catalin Mitulescu, is reminiscent of the best work of the Dardennes brothers. And, after 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST and THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU, Romania offers evidence that its out of- nowhere New Wave continues to evolve and thrive. In WHISTLE, Serban offers a patient, meticulous depiction of ungovernable circumstances closing in on our hero, creating only impossible options for him. All of this is best expressed in non-professional George Pistereanu’s central performance, which combines silence and explosive violence to stunning effect. Romania’s Best Foreign Film Oscar submission, Winner of the Silver Bear (Jury Grand Prix) at the Berlin International Film Festival. - LG - Telluride Film Festival
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