Collective

2019 | Documentary | 109 minutes | Romanian with English subtitles

Info
When a fire consumes the Colectiv, a Bucharest nightclub, 27 people die and 180 are injured. There are protests that the nightclub did not have sufficient fire exits. But this becomes a national scandal when it’s reported that an additional 37 people died due to negligence and bacterial infections in the hospitals. Journalist Catalin Tolontan investigates and finds that a large pharmaceutical company, Hexi Pharma, has been providing the hospitals with a diluted disinfectant. As the Minister of Health is questioned, he resigns. A criminal investigation of Dan Condrea, head of Hexi Pharma,  takes place but he  mysteriously dies in a car crash. Doctors meet with Vlad Voiculescu, the Minister of Health, and inform him how hospital management avoided the problems while people were dying, how patients were treated inhumanely, and how corruption was rampant. Vlad makes an effort to fix the problems but eventually  realizes the whole system is rotten.  As Election Day arrives there’s hope for a change. Sadly, the same political party is re-elected in a landslide and the resulting feeling  is that nothing will change.

Cast
Catalin Tolontan / Dan Condrea / Vlad Voiculescu
Why Stream This Film?
Collective is about the unbelievable negligence and corruption of a public health system. The health and well-being of people are unimportant to government officials  bent on  political gain and personal enrichment. It happens too often and that’s the tragedy.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Metacritic Score: 95
Accolades
  • Zurich Film Festival: Winner, Best International Documentary
  • Academy Awards: Selected as Romanian entry
  • The film received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score
COLLECTIVE is devastating in its accumulation of detail and in its acknowledgment of the ongoing human cost. The film is a reminder that sometimes systems refuse to change on their own. A bad system can remain untouched because too many people involved benefit from it.
Sheila O'Malley

RogerEbert.com

Director/writer Alexander Nanau’s observational style of filmmaking reaches emotional depths. Tense and tightly edited, this exposé of heartless corruption will ring bells and outrage audiences.
Deborah Young

The Hollywood Reporter

The cynicism and indifference to suffering is truly horrible. A kind of insidious evil rises from the screen like carbon monoxide.
Peter Bradshaw

The Guardian

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