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Hey Babu Riba (1985)

Bal na vodi (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Djordje Nenadovic ...
Pop Popovic (as George Heston)
Goran Radakovic ...
Young Pop
Milan Strljic ...
Young Ristic
Dragomir 'Gidra' Bojanic ...
'Joe' Ristic (as Anthony Gidra)
Ljubisa Samardzic ...
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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24 October 1985 (Yugoslavia)  »

Also Known As:

A est suonavano una canzone: Hey Babu Riba  »

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$141,423 (USA)
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Great Coming of Age exploration
3 February 1999 | by (Danville, California) – See all my reviews

A very well made film set in early '60s communist Yugoslavia. The five young actors who are the teenagers at the center of the story give strong, sincere and emotionally deep performances. A clear depiction of how the natural trust and naivete inherent in teens can be easily manipulated and how that impacted the rest of their lives. Highly recommended.


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