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Gala Videnovic ...
Mirjana 'Ester' Zivkovic
Relja Basic ...
Glenn
Nebojsa Bakocevic ...
Young Glenn
Marko Todorovic ...
Sasa
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Young Sasa
Milos Zutic ...
Kica
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Young Kica (as Srdjan Todorovic)
Djordje Nenadovic ...
Pop Popovic (as George Heston)
Goran Radakovic ...
Young Pop
Milan Strljic ...
Young Ristic
Dragomir Bojanic-Gidra ...
'Joe' Ristic (as Anthony Gidra)
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Glenn's father
Ruzica Sokic ...
Kica's mother
Spela Rozin
Danica Maksimovic ...
Rada Svercerka (black market)
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In 1985, four middle-aged Yugoslav emigres return to Belgrade for the funeral of Mariana, their beautiful compatriot. They called her Esther, for Esther Williams, she was the coxswain for their four-man rowing team, and they each loved her. They'd last seen her in 1953, when they rowed her across the Adriatic, pregnant, to join her exiled father in Italy. In flashbacks we learn the story of their youthful baptism into sex, smoking, rock and roll (Hey Ba-ba-re-bop), Hollywood and Swedish films, blue jeans on the black market, and their rivalry with Ristic, the Communist Party youth leader for whom they had instant antipathy. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A est suonavano una canzone: Hey Babu Riba  »

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Effective coming of age story reminiscent of Truffaut from the Czech Eastern bloc
27 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

A sharp political comment posturing as a coming of age story is what this movie is. The annoying thing is that it works effectively on both levels. It isn't supposed to but it does. This tale of four boys and a girl growing up in 1953 Communist Belgrade is a heart warmer. It is what gentlemen refer to as classic cinema. Obviously, 1953 Belgrade is not as harsh a dictatorial and fascist environment as the Communist society is often portrayed. One can listen to rock and roll music, one of the songs played is the song "Hey Babu Riba" ala the title of the movie. But jeans cannot be bought nor certain drugs which are illegal to possess. Unlike a heavy-handed criticism of a communist society this movie does it by showing how it affects the lives of the five protagonists who refer to themselves as we four. The girl who has a father in exile in Italy and is awaiting a passport for her mother and she to travel out to join him, the piano that is taken away from communion use from one of the boys, the sudden giving of your home and quarters to your new comrades because they need it. The boys spend a lot of time listening to music and it is made clear they despise the fascism that communism has created as they engage in tiffs with a fascist charlatan who has Stalin tattooed on his hands. These all leads to the actions they take later on and the remembrance of a time fading away, as this movie was released in 1986 in the twilight of the Soviet Empire. A great movie worth seeing again and again. "Repentance is not your enemy but yet it is also nobody's friend."


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