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Not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a policeman who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception.
(NR, 97 min.)

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La Gomera (original title)

Not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception. A trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret whistling language might just be what they need to pull it off. [Metacritic]

Starring: Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar
Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Languages: English, Spanish, Romanian
Genre(s): Comedy, Crime

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"Arthouse noir that's a cut above the usual."

— Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter

"An ingeniously structured, engaging and witty display of filmmaking skill."

— A.O. Scott, New York Times

"If you've never experienced the Romanian New Wave, The Whistlers is as good a place as any to start."

— Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

"This comedic thriller is witty and diverting without selling out on the Romanian reputation of thoughtful, challenging work."

— Bradley Warren, The Playlist

"As a low-key romp with a twisty, globetrotting plot "The Whistlers" is an enjoyable affair with just enough of a slant to feel a little offbeat."

— Jessica Kiang, Variety

"Playing with genre cryptograms of gangster villas, opera-loving killers, and glamorously lit cigarette smoke, the film never takes itself too seriously, even if its characters never seem to smile."

— Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club

"Poromboiu has always been the funniest of the Romanian new wave directors, albeit with a bitter twist and deliberately rough delivery. Here, clearly revelling in the constraints of genre convention, he delivers pure entertainment."

— Stephanie Bunbury, The Age (Australia)

"The Whistlers is no minimalist slice of realism, but an oversized, deliciously twisted ride that runs on an endless supply of black humor and a sizeable body count. You won’t laugh much while you’re watching it, but it’s a hoot nonetheless."

— Steve Pond, TheWrap