Rent The Whistlers (2019)

2.9 of 5 from 180 ratings
1h 32min
Rent The Whistlers (aka La Gomera) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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On an island in the Canaries there is a language spoken only through whistling... Using the whistling language, a gang of criminals are planning the perfect crime, they will communicate across the rooftops and the police will simply think the birds are singing. Cristi is a police officer who has been sent to infiltrate their operation. But when he falls for the glorious femme fatale Gilda who suggests other plans will this cop with a history of playing both sides of the law choose justice or self-service?
, , , , , , , , , Julieta Szönyi, , Andrei Barbu, , , , , , Andrew A. Popescu, Dorin C. Zachei
Patricia Poienaru, Marcela Ursu
Corneliu Porumboiu
La Gomera
Curzon / Artificial Eye
Comedy, Drama, Thrillers
Top 10 Cannes Palme d'Or Winners, Top Films
Release Date:
Run Time:
92 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Romanian Dolby Digital 2.0, Romanian Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
English, Romanian, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1

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Reviews (5) of The Whistlers

Annoyingly pointless - The Whistlers review by Alphaville

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The film begins with an intriguing plot that is subtly developed… until you realise that it’s going nowhere. The more you watch the more you’ll want to put your foot through the screen for letting it waste your time. It’s billed as a comedy thriller but there are no thrills and no laughs. Disconnected scenes promise a set-piece climax but the eventual shootout is both brief and dismal. The trailer tries to add zest to proceedings by adding an exciting score, but the film plays out to no score except an intermittent opera.

Why is it called The Whistlers? Because a group of poorly-characterised thieves can talk to each other without the police knowing by using the La Gomera whistling language. It’s a neat selling point, except for the fact that they never have to use it! Maybe that’s a comment on the pointlessness of the whole exercise. Slow, deliberately paced and staidly directed in Romania, this is the kind of film that sounds interesting enough to watch only to leave a bad taste in the mouth for having duped you into sitting through it. If only film festivals would stop championing this kind of arthouse bore. The two stars are only for glimpses of the beautiful La Gomera scenery. A documentary on that would have been more interesting.

2 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Dull - The Whistlers review by IG

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Gets off to a reasonable and promising start but then meanders through a rather formulaic route to a dull ending, passes the time but that is about it.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Difficult for the hard of hearing. - The Whistlers review by JG

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I didn't finish the disk so my 3 stars is a guess (maybe overly generous from reading the other reviews). From the film description it sounds enjoyable but everything is let down by the subtitling. There is nothing for the hard of hearing, and if you select subtitles, they are only displayed when people are speaking Spanish. When they are speaking English with a thick Spanish accent it is very difficult to follow (unless you are Spanish perhaps). I gave up.

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