Film Review – The Whistlers

SNACK at The Glasgow Film Festival 2020

The Whistlers

This twisty-turny crime mystery was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and was Romania’s selection for International Feature at the Oscars. It centres on corrupt cop Christi (veteran Romanian thespian Vlad Ivanov) who finds himself embroiled with gangsters in a drug money-laundering scheme. After cottoning on to the fact that his superiors have him under surveillance, he agrees to travel to a small island in the Canaries where he is taught a secretive whistling language, used by the mob to trick the police, whilst also getting involved with a drug lord’s seductive girlfriend Gilda (Catrinel Marlon). Writer-director Corneliu Porumboiu’s film is something of a puzzle box that delights in the audience scratching its head trying to solve, playing around with cinematic form and structure, cheekily aware that what you’re watching is a cops and criminals genre film you’ve seen umpteen times before. This makes it a tough film to crack, often as maddening as it is entertaining, but its breezy pace and all around playfulness keep it from tipping over into pretentious territory.

The Whistlers is out on June 26th.


Follow us on Twitter for more interviews, reviews, competitions, and news.


Read the May 2021 issue of SNACK magazine on your tablet, mobile, or pc.

You May Also Like

Interview – Robbie Fraser – Final Ascent

Author, rescuer, engineer, filmmaker and full-time adventurer, Hamish MacInnes – also known as ‘Fox ...

Film Review: Gutterbee

SNACK at The Glasgow Film Festival 2020 Gutterbee Told in chapter form, this enjoyably-quirky ...

Film Review: Saint Maud

SNACK at The Glasgow Film Festival 2020 Saint Maud This stunning, dread-soaked spiritual horror ...

What to Look Out for at the 2021 Glasgow Short Film Festival

The trailer for the 14th Glasgow Short Film Festival, directed by James Price and ...

BFI Player are offering 14 days of films for free

Bored of Netflix? Fed up with Amazon Prime? Mumpy with Mubi? BFI Player are ...

Film Review: The Truth

SNACK at The Glasgow Film Festival 2020 The Truth Director Hirokazu Koreeda is known ...

Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival 2020

The wonderful Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival is back this October (6th till 25th) with ...

Film Review – Our Ladies

SNACK at The Glasgow Film Festival 2020 Our Ladies This beautifully and proudly Scottish ...

Get SNACK magazine in your inbox. Free

 

Keep up to date with all the gigs, events, and news coming out of lockdown.