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(aka 'If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle')

Directed by Florin Serban
Romania 20
10

 

Adapted from playwright Andreea Valean's popular stage drama, If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle tells the story of Romanian juvenile delinquent Silviu (George Pistereanu), who is serving time in a youth detention center when he learns that his mother plans on moving to Italy with his younger brother, whom he had raised since childhood. With just five days of his sentence left to serve, Silviu grows increasingly desperate to prevent his mother from absconding with his sibling, and finds himself drawn to a pretty social worker named Ana (Ada Condeescu). Eventually, Silviu's desperation grows too powerful to suppress, and he kidnaps Ana in a reckless bid to find his brother before it's too late.

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Theatrical Release: February 13th, 2010 (Berlin International Film Festival)

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DVD Review: Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:29:42 
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.8 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Romanian (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English (burned-in)
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Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer (1:37)

DVD Release Date: August 20th, 2012

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

This highly lauded Romanian film is given a single-layered, essentially bare-bones, treatment from Artificial Eye in the UK. The image looks like an adequate replication of the rough-edged film presentation. It is progressive, predictably clean, has some texture and exhibits no digital manipulation.

Stereo sound is audible - the subtitles are non-removable and the only extra is a trailer.

Great film - grim look at the country but the gritty verité style is well represented and one day we might compare to Film Movement although their releases are frequently interlaced. This world cinema at a high level and seems worthy of its Golden Bear award. Recommended! 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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