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How the War Started on My Island (1996)

Kako je poceo rat na mom otoku (original title)
| Comedy, War | 1996 (Croatia)
Although being one of the first movies to take humoristic approach towards violent break-up of Yugoslavia, this motion picture is partly based on real events that took place in September of... See full summary »

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Vlatko Dulic ...
Blaz Gajski
Ljubomir Kerekes ...
Aleksa Milosavljevic
Ivan Brkic ...
Roko Papak
Predrag 'Predjo' Vusovic ...
Murko Munita
Bozidar Oreskovic ...
Boris Basic
Ivica Vidovic ...
Dante
Matija Prskalo ...
Lucija Milosavljevic
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Martin
Senka Bulic ...
Spomenka
Etta Bortolazzi ...
Baba
Slobodan Milovanovic ...
Ridikul
Leon Lucev ...
Zoran Gajski
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Vojnik Albanac
Mladen Vulic ...
Scepanovic
Goran Malus ...
Zoran
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Although being one of the first movies to take humoristic approach towards violent break-up of Yugoslavia, this motion picture is partly based on real events that took place in September of 1991. Few months after Croatia seceded from Yugoslavia, Federal military installations are still present with previously recruited Croatian boys trapped inside. One such installation is a garrison on a small Dalmatian island, commanded by Major Aleksa Milosavljevic. Besieged by local militia, Major Aleksa threatens to blow up ammunition depots with half an island in case of any hostile action. During the stalemate, art historian Blaz Gajski comes from Zagreb in order to rescue his son from the barracks. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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HRK 2,130,000 (estimated)
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When general Aleksa (Ljubomir Kerekes) refuses to acknowledge that the war is over and locks himself in the barrack people start gathering around the barrack trying to convince him to give up. They also bring his wife Lucija (Matija Prskalo) who takes the microphone and tries to convince him by shouting "Aleksa, vrati se doma, skuhala sam ti pastasutu!" which is translated as "Aleksa, come home I made you pasta!". See more »

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yes, you can associate humor with the former Yugoslavia
19 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw "Kako je poceo rat na mom otoku" (called "How the War Started on My Island" in English) at the 1999 Portland International Film Festival. This movie does the unthinkable: it tells a funny story relating to Yugoslavia's dissolution. And it does a good job. Based partly on a true story, it focuses on a bunch of people besieging a military installation on a Dalmatian island, demanding that Yugoslavia's army leave. Much of what happens seems to be there for comic relief, such as when a soldier shows how he had sex with a woman. But overall, it's a really good, really funny movie. And we can still say that, even knowing what ended up happening after Yugoslavia dissolved.


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