If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (English Subtitled) 2011 NR

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Silviu has only two weeks left before his release from a hostile juvenile detention center. But when his mother; who abandoned him long ago; returns to take his younger brother away - a brother Silviu raised like a son - those two weeks become an eternity. While his outcries for help fall on deaf ears; he finds himself mercilessly taunted and harassed by the other inmates. And just as Silviu's frustration evolves into full-throttled aggression; he is introduced to a beautiful social worker that he can only dream of being close to. Faced with a slew of conflicting emotions and wild with desperation; Silviu is driven to a surprising act of defiance as he makes a last grasp for freedom.

Starring:
George Pistereanu, Ada Condeescu
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

Product Details

Genres Drama, International
Director Florin Serban
Starring George Pistereanu, Ada Condeescu
Supporting actors Mihai Constantin, Clara Voda, Laurentiu Banescu, Papan Chilibar, Cosmin Padureanu
Studio Film Movement
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ahiker4u on December 23, 2012
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Wow!!! Many European movies I notice are done with realism that seems to be absent from the typical Hollywood counterparts these days. Without giving this movie away, it moves slow at times and you find yourself wanting the "bad guy" to make a positive change in his life. You may also find yourself falling in love with the beautiful actress who comes to the prison. The acting is very REALISTIC. I REALLY WANTED THIS MOVIE TO END DIFFERENTLY THAN IT DID. You WILL remember this movie for a long time afterwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on June 7, 2011
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George Pistereanu debuts as Silviu, an 18-year-old who has had a rough life filled with violence. He's finishing his time in a juvenile detention center and trying to stay out of trouble. However, when his younger brother visits with news that their mother has returned to Romania, Silviu begins to lose his grip.

"If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle" is directed by Florin Serban, another talented member of the exciting Romanian New Wave of moviemakers. Like other recent Romanian offerings, the focus is on telling a small, realistic story. Silviu is an intriguing character; the audience is likely to be attracted to his motivations while also repelled by his crudeness and actions. The plot is a bit predictable, but the rawness of the acting and film-making keeps things interesting. The movie was deservedly selected as the official Romanian entry for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, although it did not make the final cut. At the 2010 Berlin Film festival, it also received the Jury Grand Prix, which is the second largest award at the festival.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Harbour on December 10, 2011
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Fine performances and well realized characters in a prison/juvenile detention drama which unfortunately starts to wear a little thin before it wraps up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JessicaZ on May 19, 2013
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He does the unimaginable for his brother.. I love George Pistereanu, his done a few good films and this one is included.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Franny on March 12, 2013
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I though was going to be a great movie. But it wasn't, I wish I can get my money back.
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