The Whistlers review: Human songbirds star in a stylish, surreal noir

Anyway, so there’s a grey-skinned cop (Vlad Ivanov), a no-nonsense femme fatale (Catrinel Menghia), a tough police sergeant (Rodica Lazar), and a vampire-svelte businessman (Sabin Tambrea). However, what’s most fascinating is El Silbo — the real-life language at the heart of the action, which replaces Spanish consonants and vowels with shrill whistles and has been used for thousands of years. Also full of surprises is a sleazy Bucharest motel run by an unsettling young man (István Téglás), who plays opera in the lobby, at a volume seemingly designed to send his guests up the wall.