Collective

Collective

Collective

Hard-hitting documentary following a damning investigation into the aftermath of a tragic fire in a Romanian club—one that reveals health care fraud, mass corruption, and the deaths of innocent citizens.

In 2015, a fire at Bucharest's Colectiv club leaves 27 dead and 180 injured. 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.

2020Rating: M, Offensive language & content that may disturb109 minsRomania, Luxembourg
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Flicks, Matt Glasby

The result is, quite simply, a stunning achievement. Nanau’s access is extraordinary, his storytelling unerring, and like Tolontan and Voiculescu, he never loses his nerve. If you ever wondered what speaking truth to power really looks like, look no further.

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Stuff

Stuff

2021's most shocking, sobering and stunning doco.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

From its opening moments to the devastating finale, Collective plays like a gripping real-time thriller, merging the reportorial intensity of “Spotlight” with the paranoid uncertainty of “The Manchurian Candidate” as it explores the national fallout of a tragedy that won’t let up.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The cynicism and indifference to suffering is truly horrible, and a kind of insidious evil rises from the screen like carbon monoxide, and also a terrible sadness.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Alexander Nanau's Collective has a propulsive energy, relentlessly building in urgency and outrage.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

In its narrative tautness, this documentary can hold its own alongside the best of Romania’s contemporary fiction.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Nanau's observational style of filmmaking reaches emotional depths.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

A fascinating documentary that seems to unfold over real time.

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

Gripping, incisive and shockingly powerful, Collective is easily the documentary of the year.

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Variety

Variety

This is truly a documentary for our times, deserving of widespread exposure.

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