If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle

Just days before his scheduled release from a reformatory, teenage delinquent Silviu (George Pistereanu) takes a pretty social worker (Ada Condeescu) hostage and threatens to kill her unless his estranged mother (Clara Voda) promises not to separate him from his younger brother. Will Silviu's desperate act to protect his sibling cost him his freedom? Marian Bratu also stars in this engrossing drama from director Florin Serban.
Netflix Rating: 2.9
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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.
A.O. Scott, New York Times  full review
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.
J. Hoberman, Village Voice  full review
I was strongly impressed.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 94 min
  • Available From: Jun 07, 2011
  • Queued by: 148 people
Directed By
Florin Serban
George Pistereanu, Ada Condeescu, Mihai Constantin, Clara Voda, Laurentiu Banescu

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