Returning to his childhood home in Belgrade after a dozen years of living abroad, a young man discovers nothing has changed -- and everything has changed -- in Oleg Novkovic's quietly reflective and keenly perceptive Tomorrow Morning (Sutra Ujutru).
Screened at the recent Palm Springs International Film Festival, Serbia's foreign-language Oscar submission serves as a notable first screenplay for acclaimed poet and playwright Milena Markovic, and it knows no geographical boundaries when it comes to its appraisal of the complex bonds of friendship and family.
After spending the past 12 years of his life living and working in Canada, Nele (Uliks Fehmiu) has come back home for his wedding, but what was supposed to be a joyful reunion with his parents and his old buddies gets considerably more complicated as the prodigal son realizes he'd left a lot of emotional baggage behind.
The bulk of it belongs to Sasha (Nada Sargin), his old girlfriend who still carries a formidable torch when she's not hoisting too many drinks. It turns out those feelings remain quite mutual, which puts a serious damper on Nele's nuptials.
Novkovic mines beautifully etched performances from his ensemble, especially from moody Sargin and Radmila Tomovic as Ceca, another of Nele's former flames (our boy got around), who eventually settled for amiable but immature Bure (Ljubomir Bandovic).
Like the healing country in which they live, Tomorrow Morning shows a group of lives in transition. But underneath the unspoken resentments stemming from the pang of missed opportunities, there's still a glint of optimism lurking in that bleak landscape.