If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle Synopsis
A teen prisoner waiting to be released falls in love with a prison intern.
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Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Offers an introduction to the lean-and-mean, social-realist Romanian storytelling style that's built around a charismatic young actor and a...
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Whistle is the feature debut of director-writer Florin Serban, who studied at Columbia University and lists among his influences Robert...
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75

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Set in a barren juvenile detention center, the movie works as a grueling coming-of-age story, linking it to the likes of "4 Months, 3 Weeks...
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70

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
It's a measure of the movie's success that one oscillates between two despairs-noting the abject failure of the system and the utter...
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60

Boxoffice Magazine

By Ed Schied
The accessible story and fast-paced action scenes could draw a good arthouse audience, more than usual for a Romanian film.
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Despite the faux-realist aesthetic (gritty handheld camerawork; all-natural sound), we never feel like much is at stake, though Pistereanu...
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60

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
As the movie becomes more explosive - and more demanding of its cast - it loses some of the quiet, careful intensity that made Silviu's...
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A steady thrum of anger pervades this Romanian film even in its quietest moments, but the ending and captured-lost-boys setting ultimately...
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