Ten Movies You Need To See…: #8 “A Serbian Film”

18 08 2013

This is a horrid movie. It is also an important, unique satire of what one character calls “the world’s armpit”: Serbia. You can feel this movie’s director rage as he has good people trapped by a brutal society.
A retired porn actor is hired for one last movie by a nihilist bureaucrat who wants to comment on the human condition.
This is the most despairing movie I’ve seen since “Requiem For a Dream.”
I suggest seeing it, or trying to, to think about what discomfort can accomplish. “The Killing Fields” covered the disintegration of a culture. But I felt far more visceral reactions to this movie’s Serbia as it clings to the trappings of consumer suburbia.
Speaking for myself, I’ve become accustomed to Hollywood’s portrayals of genocides happening in Asia and Africa, and the white guys coming to the rescue. Here, all are equally f**ked, which makes this horror far more realistic.


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