In Protected content , a ﬁre at Bucharest’s Colectiv club leaves 27 dead and Protected content . Soon, more burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening. Then a doctor blows the whistle to a team of investigative journalists. One revelation leads to another as the journalists start to uncover vast health care fraud. When a new health minister is appointed, he offers unprecedented access to his efforts to reform the corrupt system but also to the obstacles he faces. Following journalists, whistle-blowers, burn victims, and government ofﬁcials, Collective is an uncompromising look at the impact of investigative journalism at its best.
A monstrously edifying analysis which the German director (born in Romania and already well-received with his previous film Toto and His Sisters) shows us with exceptional cinematic talent, at the very opposite of the conventional TV investigative documentary. Nanau successfully combines the suspense — worthy of a thriller — of the journalists’ successive discoveries and the attempts of a new minister to fix the system, with sequences dedicated to the victims and survivors that are devoid of pathos but infinitely respectful.
Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa
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