'Krvavi put' would have been a routine POW drama if it wasn't for the fact that it is a Yugoslav co-production with Norway. Such a strange alliance was formed in 1955 in order to bring the story of Yugoslav POWs who were sent to labor camps in Norway during WW2 to the big screen. This film combines Yugoslav and Norwegian cast and characters use their own languages which adds to the realism of this story. Obviously it was very tough for Yugoslav POWs and Norwegian patriots to communicate but still they found a way to help each other and organize random escape plots. However, all that is gained from the presentation of the language barrier is lost in terms of plotting and visual style. This film doesn't benefit from its Norwegian crew, the sets look generic and could have been shot anywhere in Europe.
Also, the whole deeper meaning and conflict of people being relocated from their natural habitat in Balkans to Scandinavia, is lost due to the fact that most of the film is set indoors.
Thus, 'Krvavi put' is for WW2 completists only, and it won't taint the glory of Anthony Mann's 'Heroes of Telemark'.
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