A Tarantino-esque Romanian comedy that doubles as an introduction to el silbo, the whistled register of Spanish used on the Canary Island of La Gomera. A deadpan, offbeat musical neo-noir crime caper with, as a backdrop, the mid-Atlantic isle that’s headquarters to a gang of whistling crooks. If that’s not a pitch, then . . .
Critics’ darling Porumboiu (12:08 East of Bucharest, Infinite Football and Police, Adjective) is having some fun — and taking us along for the ride. This deadpan musical neo-noir that relishes turning the genre’s tropes on their head is about a bent cop who has to learn el silbo, the whistled register of Spanish used on the Canary Island of La Gomera, to pull off his next crooked cash-generating venture. A tongue-in-cheek plunge into the labyrinthine underworld of the...
| 97 minutes | 2019
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