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Djavolji raj (1989)

In the summer of 1944, in a peaceful resort town in the Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia, an easy-going lifeguard takes in a widow of a partisan and her young son. Their relationship grows until he unknowingly saves a Nazi officer from drowning.

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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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a handsome, undemanding wartime drama
7 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

The summer in question is 1944, but with all the English and American accents it's easy to forget the setting is meant to be wartime Yugoslavia, where a hapless lifeguard with no one to rescue ("…it's not my fault the beach is safe!") is asked to shelter a partisan refugee and her young son. The language barrier in the English-Yugoslav co-production is evident in the often over-simplistic dialogue (spoken in English, but better suited to subtitles) and in the perhaps too lazily constructed plot. The film is three-quarters over when the first real conflict appears, after the innocent lifeguard saves his first life: a drowning man later revealed to be the local Nazi kommandant. Otherwise, it's a pleasant, undemanding drama, with a beautifully photographed, postcard-perfect setting (outside Karlovic).


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