February 5, 2021 7:01 AM - Subscribe
After a tragic fire in the Romanian club "Colectiv" in 2015, burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life threatening, and the resulting public outrage topples the government. This documentary follows the investigative journalists (from a sports daily) and a young pro tem Health Minister as they work to uncover fraud and reform the health care system, even a little bit.
Some documentaries reassure you that the world is better when they’re over (inequity has been exposed); others insist it could be better (call the number in the credits to see how). Collective offers no such palliatives. Instead, it sketches out an honest, affecting, somewhat old-fashioned utopian example of what it takes to make the world better, or at least a little less awful.This is available for rent; it's not streaming on any service AFAICT.
-- Manohla Dargis, NYT