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Collective(Colectiv)

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Romania

2020

1h 49m

Director Alexander Nanau

Starring Catalin Tolontan, Mirela Neag, Razvan Lutac, Tedy Ursuleanu

Genre Documentary

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After a fire at the Romanian club Colectiv killed 27 people and injured 180, 37 more victims died due to improper health care at public hospitals. This documentary portrays the team of journalists investigating the mismanagement in the Romanian healthcare system that led to these deaths, uncovering a vast web of political corruption, fraud, and criminal pharma companies.

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Slant Magazine by Diego Semerene

The film reminds us that without investigative reporting there’s no democracy, and that traditional expectations around impartiality and objectivity may be untenable in the face of horror.
91

The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

It’s a taut, intense procedural, with a resonant story that simultaneously follows a journalistic investigation and an attempt to fix a fatally dysfunctional medical bureaucracy—all while criminal organizations, corrupt politicians, and rabble-rousing television hosts work in concert to stymie any real reform.
75

Movie Nation by Roger Moore

There’s deja vu in watching Tolontan deal with Romanian TV, which eagerly follows his team’s reporting each night, but which cannot resist from shooting at the messenger when he appears on their talk shows, losing the thread and forgetting the real victims here.

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