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That Summer of White Roses (1989)
"Djavolji raj" (original title)

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It's the last summer of the Second World War in Yugoslavia, but so far nothing much of this has touched Andrea. He's the lifeguard who has never had to save a life and as such is a ... See full summary »

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Andrija Gavrilovic
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Martin
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Zemba
John Sharp ...
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Ostoja
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Kurt (prevoditelj)
Vanja Drach ...
Major Von Richter
Geoffrey Whitehead ...
Cinovnik / The Clerk
Tomislav Srebacic ...
Cos
Stanka Gjuric ...
Bijela Ruza / The White Rose
Branko Cvejic ...
Svecenik / The Priest
Toso Jelic ...
Crkvenjak / The Deakon
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It's the last summer of the Second World War in Yugoslavia, but so far nothing much of this has touched Andrea. He's the lifeguard who has never had to save a life and as such is a well-liked figure of fun. Yet, as far as he is concerned, the river is good to him, giving, and not taking. However, the evils of war are not far away. Andrea agrees to take care of two refugees, the widow of a partisan and her son. Andrea and his friend Martin are uneasy... The water devil, who lives near Martin's house in the faery waters, is becoming restive,and this means trouble. Andrea, however, is delighted when he saves his first drowning man. But just whose life has he saved? Written by <chris@wessex.ac.uk>

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It was an ordinary summer. Then the Germans came.

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11 July 1989 (Yugoslavia)  »

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Djavolji raj - Ono ljeto bijelih ruza  »

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Gently evocative WW2 tale
31 December 2004 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

I discovered this film in the mid 1990's, and was so impressed I bought my own copy on video. I would call this a film-buff's film. The performances of Tom Conti and Susan George are exceptional - I believe this to be Conti's best work since 'The Glittering Prizes' - and the locations are stunning, evoking the gentle and simple life of the riverside resort before the Germans turned up.

The characters played by George and Conti are thrown together in a marriage of convenience, as she and her son are hiding from the German invaders. The best scenes are when Conti and George share the screen, and this mysterious woman begins to develop respect, even affection, for the simple man who has been nominated to protect her.

Sensitively directed, the story is told in brief vignettes which help to convey the easy lifestyle of the characters who live at and near the resort. In essence, this is the story of Anrija's (Conti)true coming-of-age, when he's thrust into an adult situation he would never have had the chance to experience had the war not happened in his particular neck-of-the-woods. An all-round superb piece of film-making.


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