Police officer Cristi gets involved with the mafia and is found out. From now on there are plainclothes policemen following him and bugging his apartment. Cristi’s solution is to learn the secret whistling language of the La Gomera islanders. But everyone is playing a double game, and soon the events spiral out of control. Corneliu Porumboiu’s modern film noir is reminiscent of genre classics with its complex crime case and a femme fatale called Gilda, but its laconic wit is unmistakeably the trademark of the Romanian New Wave’s most humorous director.