Watch the Trailer for ‘The Whistlers,’ A Crime Thriller Literally About Whistling

     December 4, 2019


May I be blunt? Parasite is going to win the 2020 Academy Award for Best International Feature Film. It simply has too much buzz and acclaim — alongside it being, y’know, an objective dang masterpiece. But that won’t stop other countries from submitting their official entries into the competition. And we’ve got the trailer for Romania’s entry, The Whistlers. And it looks wild. As. Hell.

First of all, the title is not a metaphor for anything. The film is, quite literally, about a bunch of people who whistle a bunch. You see, corrupt cop Cristi (Vlad Ivanov) is trying to pull off a less-than-legal heist with partner Gilda (Catrinel Marlon) without getting caught or caught up in the various double crosses inherent in this line of work. So, the two take a trip to the Canary Islands to learn and utilize a secret language of communication that involves — you guessed it — whistling. Will this new way of speaking help our crooked antiheroes pull off the score of a lifetime?


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Writer/director Corneliu Porumboiu (The Treasure) may know the premise of his film is a touch inherently silly — when the trailer shows a particular whistle meaning “9am,” I couldn’t help but laugh out loud — but he manages to walk the tightrope of his potentially tricky tone. This trailer plays fun, like the first two acts of a Scorsese flick before everything crashes. If you’re into twisty suspense thrillers that have a sense of style and fun, The Whistlers will be music to your ears.

The Whistlers arrives in general US theatres February 28, 2020. Enjoy the trailer and official synopsis below. For more in the world of suspense, here are the best thrillers you can watch on Netflix. Plus, get the lowdown on The Whistlers‘ direct competition with intel on how to perform the “Jessica jingle” from Parasite, alongside our interview with its stars Song Kang-ho and Park So-dam.

In The Whistlers, not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception. A trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret whistling language might just be what they need to pull it off.

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