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When Father Was Away on Business (1985)
"Otac na sluzbenom putu" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  11 October 1985 (USA)
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Tito's break-up with Stalin in 1948 marked the beginning of not only confusing, but also very dangerous years for many hard-core Yugoslav communists. A careless remark about the newspaper ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Moreno D'E Bartolli ...
Malik
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Mehmed Mesa Zolj (as Miki Manojlovic)
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Senija Sena Zolj
Mustafa Nadarevic ...
Zijah Zijo Zulfikarpasic
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Ankica Vidmar
Predrag Lakovic ...
Kucepazitelj Franjo
Pavle Vuisic ...
Dedo Muzamer (as Pavle Vujisic)
Slobodan Aligrudic ...
Ostoja Cekic
Eva Ras ...
Ilonka Petrovic
Aco Djorcev ...
Dr. Ljahaov (as Aleksandar Dorcev)
Emir Hadzihafizbegovic ...
Mladji ujak
Zoran Radmilovic ...
Pilot
Jelena Covic ...
Natasa
Tomislav Gelic ...
Berberin Hamdo
Davor Dujmovic ...
Brat Mirza
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Tito's break-up with Stalin in 1948 marked the beginning of not only confusing, but also very dangerous years for many hard-core Yugoslav communists. A careless remark about the newspaper cartoon is enough for Mesha to join many arrested unfortunates. His family is now forced to cope with the situation and wait for his release from prison. The story is told from the perspective of Malik, his young son who believes the mother's story about father being "away on business". Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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I was there, Kusturica took me to Yugoslavia and I breathe the movie.
22 February 1999 | by (Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

I remember when I saw this movie back in 1986, the people I was with left the theater bored and puzzled because of my reaction to the movie. I can't explain quite well what was that fascinated me so much about the story. I think it was because you can breathe the reality of the story, I swear I was there with the little boy and the suffering of the family. I was there, understanding the complexity, but simplicity at the same time, of the people and history of that part of the world. It is a movie you have to watch to understand and let it take you where Kusturica wants to.


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