If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle
If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle (2011)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 5, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Guy Lodge
Time Out

If 'The Death of Mr Lazarescu' and '4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days' represented the breakers of the so-called Romanian New Wave, this thinly competent entry is the backwash.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

I was strongly impressed.

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Mike McCahill

Not for the first time, a Romanian film shows us an individual floundering within a system from which there can be no easy escape.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

The seams of the narrative start to show, and by the end you are more aware of the filmmakers' ideas than of the character's life.

Philip French
Observer (UK)

The tone, though not the style, brings to mind The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

This is Şerban's second feature, and even though it's not quite all there, we very much look forward to his third.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

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 futility of revolt.

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Paul Gallagher
The List

Serban's film is as flawed as the bruised character at its centre, but almost as compelling too.

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Shaun Munro
What Culture

Bare-bones technical chops allow two outstanding young actors to hog the limelight in this nail-biting Romanian thriller-drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhćes
Pistereanu carries this drama with a surprising talent and intensity, but after two careful first acts with long scenes that show the character's life… More
Daisy Maduro
The winner of the 2010 Berlin Silver Bear, Romanian movie, If I want to whistle, I whistle, was about a young con, Sliviu, who was about to be released from… More
Walter M.
With Silviu(George Pistereanu) only having 15 days left on a four year sentence at a juvenile detention center, his younger brother Marius comes to visit,… More
Byron Brubaker
I viewed this at the 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival. Character driven drama about a young man (Pistereanu) in a desperate situation. With a slow… More