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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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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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24 October 1985 (Yugoslavia)  »

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A est suonavano una canzone: Hey Babu Riba  »

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$141,423 (USA)
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28 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My personal feeling is that you cannot divorce this movie from its political/historical underpinnings like so many (American) reviewers tend to do. This is not about growing up on Main Street, USA. It is about growing up in Yugoslavia at a time when it was torn between the East and the West. Just like the guys are torn between Esther and everybody else, and Esther is torn between the "Tovarish Joe" and the guys. There is shame in certain situations that is lost on an audience that has never lived under Tito. I feel the movie is under-rated and it is too bad we have lost the director. Movies like this make freedom feel more important. It is not just "another Eastern European coming of age film"...it is a sensitive portrayal of teenagers walking a fine line that might eventually lead them to real freedom.


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