A couple of criminals are waiting for Romanian police officer Cristi (Vlad Ivanov) when he arrives on the Canary island of La Gomera. They teach him Silbo, a whistling language developed on the island centuries ago. As very few people have mastered this language, it is highly suitable for passing on secret information. Cristi, as corruptible as a Romanian policeman can be, is in big trouble. It looks like he has overplayed his hand. Both his superiors in the police force and the gangsters he’s working with smell a rat. Is there anyone left he can trust? Certainly not beautiful Gilda (Catrinel Marlon), a classic femme fatale.
In his familiar bone-dry, slightly absurd style, but with a lot more action than we are used to from him, Corneliu Porumboiu tackles subjects including loyalty, corruption, bureaucracy and semantics – all packaged as a stylish, Hitchcockian thriller.