Collective (2019)

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Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens.


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26 February 2020 | NICOLAE_MOROMETE
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| I pity the victims. I respect the journalists. But the movie is lame!
There are three distinct features of this film. 1. The victims. They are almost nowhere to find. The director thinks of them in the beginning and the end in a brutal way. He sees them as a mutilated piece of flesh, not as human beings. 2. The journalists. Although the director claimed he had a camera on them 24/7, the snippets he decided to show us are lame. I was interested to see Catalin Tolontan as a character, as the man behind the reveals. But what you get is simply the headlines. If you're familiar with the story, you find nothing! 3. The politician. The director claimed at the premiere that he wasn't interested in making a propaganda movie. Well, he pulled it off quite well for a non-propaganda movie. Vlad Voiculescu is portrayed as a tragic character, who wants to fight the system from inside. Is he or is he not a tragic figure? Who cares? This has nothing to do with Colectiv. And it's misleading to make a movie carrying this title and dedicate half of it to a politician who was, above all, concerned about his image (It was shocking to see him telling the doctor who filmed a patient full of worms that it was not ok for her to go to the press. 'This is not the normal way to do it!' Yet, he's the good guy, because he hugs a victim and calls his daddy after his party lost the elections.) Finally, most people at the premiere were fooled by the tragedy and their personal confrontations with the system and thought this movie is good. It's not!

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