Reviews for Colectiv ( ) 720p

IMDB: 8.2 / 10

Unfortunately only reality ...

The fact that all of this is reality. Unfortunately...A sports magazine that investigates in the place of who should do it. And then from here we understand that everything, how the system works in Romania.

No Oscar = must watch

You should watch this especially because it did not get any Oscars! Seeing what movies get Oscars lately, I think that this should be the appropriate criteria: watch if no Oscars granted.

The drama is real, the struggle with corruption is real, the fire was real and the dead also real! When you watch this, you cannot believe everything you are seeing was real, you somehow want to believe that at least parts of it are made up! No, they are not and corruption does kill!

The end will leave you stunned, petrified and thinking how this society, any society, could be so ignorant!

Watch it, it will change a part of you!

Beautiful country, too bad it's inhabited

This documentary reminds me why I left thisbeautiful country.

One step forward, two steps back

Poor building standards led to deadly consequences after fire broke out in a Romanian nightclub; poor hospital standards led to more deaths afterwards. A sports newspaper, bizarrely, broke the scandal. The first part of this documentary mostly follows the journalists and in truth, it's a little dull; people speak to them and they publish what they're told, but it's not very dramatic unless you know the background story. Things become more interesting when we get to follow a new, reformist Minister of Health. His problem is that his entire bureaucracy is corrupt; and sadly, in a land where the young have given up on politics, his war on them is doomed. It's this part of the film which is most gripping, sad, and necessary. It sometimes seems that Europe (and the rest of the world) is perpetually poised on the brink of rolling back progress; for those in Romania, it seems there is very something rotten in the state that even tragedy cannot remove.

One of the greatest documentaries ever made.

This magnificent documentary, (a nominee for Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature at this year's Oscars), is about as devastating as documentary films can get. In 2015 a fire destroyed the Bucharest club Colectiv; 27 people died at the scene and a further 37 died later in hospital, not from their burns but from infections picked up in the hospital. The reason? The disinfectants used in the hospital were diluted, sometimes up to ten times. Alexander Nanau's film sets out to explore the corruption endemic in the Romanian health system, (and the Government as a whole), by following the story, firstly as taken up by a team of journalists, and latterly by the newly appointed Health Minister who tried to reform the system, the existing Social Democratic Party having been forced to resign after a public outcry.

"Collective" is a film about investigative journalism that itself becomes a great piece of investigative journalism and it's a truly frightening expose of institutional corruption. As Nanau's camera moves between the journalists and the young Minister, he takes time to focus on one of the victims who, without bitterness, attempts to salvage her life in ways that might seem unimaginable. Otherwise he simply records events as they unfold. The heroes of the film clearly are Catalin Tolontan, the journalist who initiates the investigation, (and he was a sports writer) and Vlad Voiculescu, the Health Minister who goes up against the system from within. These are men who not only put their careers at risk but their lives; at one point it is suggested a leading figure may have been murdered to ensure his silence.

During the course of the film we learn that Romania had the worst record for hospital deaths in Europe and that almost certainly was down to the corrupt system in operation but watching this deeply disturbing film you might ask yourself could this happen elsewhere in supposedly civilised Europe. As one doctor in the film says, 'we are no longer human beings. We only think about money' and as the old saying goes, you couldn't make this up. "Collective" is the one essential film of the last twelve months.

An unsettling documentary about greed and corruption in government.

A very well told documentary about the press investigation into the mismanagement hospitals following numerous unnecessary deaths following the Collectiv fire and attempts to address that mismanagement and associated government corruption following the revelations.

Given the actions of our own government in the UK over he past year which has seen ministers proven to have lied to the public with no repercussions and health service contacts given to friends of ministers who could not carry them out the film had a further poignancy and note of warning.

genuinely riveting, inspiring film

Universal tale of frustration against the greed and stupidity of populism.


Those who rated 1. You either do not live in Romania or you support PSD. Collective shows almost everything that is wrong with post communist Romania, basically. Corruption and the fact that wealth more important that human's life

The unraveling

It was November of 2015 when I've heard the news. I was recovering from my failure to commit to university that year. I told my parents I will try again next autumn. That I will return stronger. We were all clinging on hope--until that day when we realized we had more hope than we knew what to do with. We were not burned, or worse, in a Romanian hospital.

Alexander Nanau's documentary must be preserved. Not entirely because of its insight, but as an example of systemic penetration and the unraveling of information, thoughts and methods in dealing with the aftermath of one of my country's most embarrassing and horrific tragedy. Unlike most documentaries, "Collective" does not feature the usual insider talking in front of a fixed camera, guiding us through the timeline. This is because anyone who was involved with that disaster was a possible culprit. Corruption runs deep in Romania, and even though I grew up with an awareness of the evil of the powers that be, the discoveries here still surprised me.

Instead, the movie follows a team of investigative journalists from Romania's Sports Gazette--Razvan Lutac, Mirela Neag and the spearhead, Catalin Tolontan--as they work to unravel the whodunits surrounding this disaster. Nanau's raw filmmaking portrays a reality devout of any uncalled for artistic artifice or a cry for mercy. But paradoxically, reality conveys the most powerful emotions. I am glad that Nanau took a step back and let these people tell their stories and do their work--and a dangerous one at that. To get an idea of how powerful the mob in this country is, know that the director agreed to leave all the footage he recorded at the Gazette newsroom during the filming period in order to protect the journalists and whistleblowers. This movie was a monument to journalism, even before knowing this. But the Sports Gazette?

Of course that was the magazine that took the story in. Who else but sports writers are the men of the people? Sports journalists lack pretentions and have a knack for directness--not to even mention: formality be damned! Everywhere else: television, the authorities--were not to be trusted. Yet what surprisingly was to be trusted, was the government.

After heavy protests, the government was replaced with technocracy. Of course, Nanau did not miss the opportunity to follow the newly elected minister of health right in his back yard as he was consulting on what to do next. This was not your average corrupt politician. He was prepared to fight the good fight, but the amount of cleaning up to be done was simply too much. Nevertheless, it gave me and the entire country much needed hope. Nanau understands that the people and the government must not fight against each other, but must work together. But also that change takes time and patience.

For me, the patience paid its due--I am almost done with university now. As for my country, I am still waiting...

Open a Can of Worms...

... and be overwhelmed by a machination of maggots. A jaw dropping, eye opening and almost unbelievable documentary focusing on the endemic and systemic corruption discovered by journalists after sixty four people died as a result of a nightclub fire in Bucharest 2015. Plumbing the depths of depravity, and continuing to reach deeper as each minute ticks by, you will feel for the people of Romania and the betrayal perpetrated against them by their elected officials and civil servants.

Why we leave, and why we hope

In 1990, right after the revolution, Romania had a population of 23 million and now it's down to 19 million, meaning that in 30 years it has declined 17.4%, the highest negative growth in Europe. This documentary gives you a very good idea why that is, but since it is edited like an action film, with no breaks between events, it's not only interesting to Romanians, but for everybody.

Starting out with the Sport Gazette's revelation of the Hexipharma scandal, which broke after many burn victims of the "Colectif" fire died from infections obtained in hospital, the film first focuses on the journalist breaking the case. Hexipharma was a company that diluted disinfectants to 10% and sold them at hiked prices to the health care sector, so patients got infected by surgical instruments. The film does not elaborate on the scandal about the club, which had no proper emergency exits (the reason why I never went clubbing in Bucharest). It just uses its name as a reference to the corruption network in politics.

Once the Socialist (i.e. ex-Communist) government resigned, a technocrat cabinet took over until the next elections, so the film focuses on new health minister Vlad Voiculescu's attempts to clean up corruption in the country's hospitals, which was met by a media hit job accusing him of trying to appoint foreigners and misappropriating funds - so the very things the Socialists were doing. They won the next election promising enormous tax breaks, after which the editors of Sport Gazette were threatened by ex-Intelligence to watch out for their families. It's a sobering reminder for us emigrants why we despair so much about our homeland, and a warning for those living in less corrupt countries how bad things can get if no one dares to oppose them.

The film ends on a bleak note, but in reality this scandal was the starting point of a huge protest movement. The leader of the Socialists Liviu Dragnea tried to overturn anti-corruption laws so that he could become Prime Minister (he had been legally convicted, so he was barred from office). This led to a veritable war between the Socialists and the Anticorruption Directorate, whose boss Laura K?vesi had hundreds of politicians and judges indicted until she was fired for abuse of power - she is now the EU's first Chief Prosecutor. That is the film I'm really waiting for. For years, often in winter, Romanians demonstrated against the government, and when Dragnea's final appeal was rejected, he was immediately jailed (he's still in prison). I hope we get to see that film one day, as it shows a different Romania in which change is possible because the people have had enough.

A shocking documentary about tragedy and corruption.

A shocking documentary about the tragedy of 64 young people who where killed and 146 injured in a fire at a night club in Bucharest, Romania by a lying, corrupt, incompetent system that is only interested in money, image and prefers to lie and hide things to preserve themselves. It is not normal for a tragedy like this to happen and nothing to change. Even after 5 years we do not have a sentence. It is a country and a system that is simply not interested in protecting its citizens and promotes only incompetent people, lacking compassion and education.

Do not surrender "Cause the day we give in is the day we die."

ConclusionPlease watch! it's emotional, dramatic and sad story but it's worth it.

expert investigative journalism

Greetings again from the darkness. You likely recall seeing the horrific video. It was 2015 when a fire swept through a Bucharest club where a band was performing live. Captured on a cell phone, the video shows the crowd desperately trying to escape through the main door. 27 people died that night and more than 100 others suffered injuries and burns. It was a terrible tragedy, and yet more tragedy unfolded over the next few weeks, and that's the beginning of the story told here by director Alexander Nanau.

As recovering patients filled the burn wards and Intensive Care Units at Romania's hospitals, something horrible began to happen. 37 more people died. These were not folks that were admitted with a life-threatening status, instead it was bacterial infections that were responsible. What is the one thing we take for granted at hospitals? Yes, cleanliness. As the media began to question this death spree, Romania's Health Minister, Nicolae Banicioiu, a Social Democrat, began boasting about the country's medical facilities. It's at this same time that Catalin Tolontan, the editor of "Sports Gazette", was investigating the cause of these deaths. What we witness is investigative journalism at its best ... in the midst of despicable actions by those people we should be able to trust.

Mr. Tolontan and his team slowly peel back the layers, and discover massive fraud and corruption. A whistleblower leads the reporters down a trail towards Hexi Pharma and its owner, Dan Condrea. Protests and social upheaval follow, as the current politicians continue to spew lies. When tests prove unsterile hospitals due to diluted disinfectants, and that patients were denied or delayed transfers to proper facilities in Vienna or Germany due to pride and greed, outrage ensues ... leading to the ouster of Banicioiu and others.

Former patients' rights activist Vlad Voiculescu is named temporary Health Minister, and he permits total transparency by allowing director Nanau unfettered access to meetings and phone calls. The camera follows as reforms are instituted and Tolontan's research continues. It's stated with deep regret that, "Our healthcare system is rotten", and "We doctors are no longer human life. We only care about money." As more corruption and deception is uncovered, it's clear this was all about money, rather than healthcare.

Nanau's film would be powerful and memorable and important if he had remained focused on the work by the new Health Minister and the journalists, but it's elevated to brilliance by his inclusion of pieces on burn victims, especially Tedy Ursuleanu. Her severe burns left her head scarred and took one of her hands, yet she refused to cower or hide ... choosing instead to be photographed for all to see. It's such an affecting segment, and one that our mind won't soon forget.This is the rare documentary that also works as a political thriller. Rather than talking heads and a stream of interviews, we are invited into the world of journalists and reformists looking to right the wrongs. It's tense and emotional, and the outrage felt at the end is quite unpleasant and will stick with you. Those behind the corruption are described as "a nest of unscrupulous mobsters", and we can't help but wonder what happened to medical ethics and human morals. We witness these stories as they unfold and there may not be a better tribute to the importance of investigative journalism.

Chilling reminder of the underhanded dealings of modern politics

An electrifying and groundbreaking documentary, Collective is a chilling reminder of the underhanded dealings of modern politics. Shot in a rigorously observational manner, Collective covers an event that took Eastern Europe by storm and led to massive big pharma and government reform.

On October 30, 2015, a deadly fire in Colectiv, a popular nightclub in Bucharest, Romania killed 64 and injured 146. Of the 64 killed, 38 died in the hospitals. Upon closer inspection, it was discovered they were in close contact with some of the most resistant hospital bacteria on the continent, which festered in their uncleansed wounds. In the first part of the film, Catalin Tolontan's journalistic crusade is detailed, as he embarks upon a journey to uncover the negligence, corruption and political machinations that plagues the Romanian health system as a whole. Vlad Voiculescu is introduced as the new minister of health, and he looks to take Romania in a new direction for health and safety but faces massive backlash. Watch Collective to find out how this crisis is solved.

A widely-known Romanian journalist at the Gazeta Sporturilor, Catalin Tolontan, together with Vlad Vioculescu, ex-minister of health and patients rights activist, are featured in Collective. Tolontan colleagues Mirela Neag and Razvan Lutac are captured in the newsroom, printing papers and delivering fiery questions at press conferences. I especially enjoyed their portion of the film, possibly due to my interest in journalism, but also because of Tolontan's unique approach to tackling this case - calculated vehemence. Even Voiculescu's segment is intriguing, albeit a little more morose and harder to follow. Honestly, you can't help but feel bad for Voiculescu, the one upstanding politician who cares for people more than for the money in his pocket, especially in the tense election scenes. Tedy Ursuleanu, a burn victim, is also featured in this film. Her story is not illustrated in great detail, but featuring her is, to me, a massively positive step for Nanau to take. It adds a whole new level of 'wow, this is real' to Collective.

The cinematography in this film is absolutely stunning; the camera team uses dimly lit, low contrast scenes to drive home the intensity of the incident and harshly lit closeups in telling the story of the people that Collective follows. The lack of ambient noise filtration in press conferences helps the viewer really jump into the story. Besides the plot, this has got to be my favorite part of the entire documentary.

Collective promotes freedom of speech, government transparency, and valuing lives over profit, which are all positive morals. There are political elements in this film as well as rather graphic scenes depicting burn victims, that you should be aware of. Also, there is some bad language and the whole plot is unsuitable for younger audiences. Nanau successfully calls viewers to action to speak out against corruption.

I give Collective 4.5 stars out of 5 and recommend it for ages 14 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST

the fire that shook Romania

Collective, the 2019 documentary film signed by Alexander Nanau addresses a serious topic. In the fire in the Bucharest nightclub 'Colectiv' which took place on October 30, 2015, 27 young people died. In the months that followed, another 37 of the wounded with severe burns died in hospitals in Romania and abroad. The deaths of many of them could have been avoided, as they were caused by the lack of capacity, hygiene and proper treatment conditions in hospitals, and by delays in transporting the wounded abroad. The scandal and the popular protests led to the fall of the ruling Social Democratic government and its replacement with a government made up mostly of technocrats, which led Romania for a year, until the parliamentary elections in December 2016. The filming team started from the press conferences after the fire and focused on two main issues: the investigation and the revelations of the journalists from 'Gazeta Sporturilor' led by Catalin Tolontan which brought to the public's attention serious details of incompetence and corruption in the hospitals system and with the providers of medical materials, and the work of the Minister of Health in the technocratic government and his team, who during their time in power tried to take a series of measures to eradicate corruption at all levels of the medical system. Politics being what it is, the 2016 elections brought the Social Democrats back to power.

The investigative reporting techniques are used professionally, the editing is alert and explains well the main moments of a tragedy that changed the Romanian political landscape for a while. The role of the combative media is excellently emphasized. I assume that for some of the foreign spectators some details will remain unclear. The fact that the investigation team belongs to a sports newspaper says something about the situation of the Romanian press. The technocratic minister of health in the film, Vlad Voiculescu, has since entered politics and is running today for the position of mayor of Bucharest. Reporters and politicians in the film are permanently watching television stations that not only inform but especially comment with visible political overtones. Can documentaries such as "collective" be an alternative to independent investigative journalism? Accompanying the teams of journalists and advisers to the ministers for 14 months, Alexander Nanau and his colleagues help us to get to know the main protagonists, journalists and politicians. In most cases, they manage to make the cameras unbiased and invisible. The voices of the victims are represented by the grieving parents and the young Tedy Ursuleanu, seriously injured in the fire, who will bear the sequels of her wounds for all her life.

I am not surprised by the international resonance of the film, because the problems of medical systems, including lack of equipment and capacity, as well as deeper such as corruption and political interests are increasingly evident in many countries, including the crisis caused by the COVID pandemic. 19. Starting from the Romanian realities, "collective" manages to tell a story with universal validity. The story being well told, the impact is remarkable.

Romania = Corruption

This disaster is due to the corruption and bribes which are all over in Romania...


A heartbreaking documentary, so sad but so true. Congrats to the journalists.

Someone save Romania!

Excellent documentary. Unfortunately the medical system didn't change since then. God help us all...

Collective Sindrom

This is the real tilte Because is not about Collective club and what happended there I*ts true that 27 persons died at that time but the rest of 37 died moustly by infections , Is about how the sistem works in Romania Is about how politics is involved in our live No matter watt

Honest review

This movie is not about Colectiv victims. It's about how journalists and politicians in Romania reacted after that sad event. It's basically structured in 2 big parts: the first one is about the work done by the journalists from GSP newspaper, Catalin Tolontan and his colleagues, and shows insights regarding investigation journalism., a field which was rather strange to me. The second part is about exminister Vlad Voiculescu and his efforts to diminuish corruption inside the health system.

This movie is also about the heroes that fight the system -the people that choose to speak publicly or anonimously about what is really going on in romanian hospitals. This movie hits you really hard, it shows you how corrupt a health system can be and what are the implications on a national level. And i strongly recommend seeing it in a cinema,just for the experience. Overall, not a 10/10 documentary, but a very good one.