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The Perfect Circle (1997)

Savrseni krug (original title)
An alcoholic Bosnian poet sends his wife and daughter away from Sarajevo so they can avoid the troubles there. However, he is soon descended upon by a pair of orphaned brothers. The ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Almedin Leleta ...
Almir Podgorica ...
Josip Pejakovic ...
Jasna Diklic ...
Mirela Lambic ...
Ljubica Lohajner-znidaric ...
Stara zena
Amina Begovic ...
Sultana Omerbegovic ...
Zaim Muzaferija ...
Mira Avram ...
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Bozidar Bunjevac ...
Vlado Jokanovic
Vedrana Bozinovic
Dragan Marinkovic


An alcoholic Bosnian poet sends his wife and daughter away from Sarajevo so they can avoid the troubles there. However, he is soon descended upon by a pair of orphaned brothers. The brothers have escaped a massacre in their own village and have come to the Bosnian capital in search of a long lost Aunt. The poet befriends the boys and together they try to survive the horror of the siege of Sarajevo. Written by Duncan Shine <shine@telecall.co.uk>

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10 September 1997 (France)  »

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4 May 1999 | by (Colima, Colima, Mexico) – See all my reviews

Using a script written to the alimón by the poet Abdulah Sidran (When Papá goes on a trip, do you Remind Dolly Bell?) and does Kenovic, bring near us with a real lyricism and constuido evidencing the contrast with the crudeness of the reality, about the useless war in the old Yugoslavia.

Ademir Kenovic (MGM Sarajevo: Covjek, Bog, Monstrum -1994 - and Kuduz -89 -), its realizador, puts us of in front of the barbarism, in a sober narrative tone where you/they are not allowed to blackmail for anything, not even for the presence of two children amid a bloody war, to only transform it in a combination of fondness with the cruel reality that one lives, without easy tears neither excesses of blood, or constant approaches to wounded or mutilated members. About the useless war in the former Yugoslavia, they also exist Territory Comanche" (that was projected in Rooms Jorge Stahl the last year) and that it is in reportorial tone, The Look of Ulises and Undeground", but this of Kenovic is something special. It is the history of a poet, Hamza (Mustafa Nadarevic) who after having him lost everything -family and properties - it is given to the task of protecting two orphan children, Adis (Almedin Leleta) and the deaf-mute Kerim (Almir Podgorica) as well as to a wounded dog, and of looking for the aunt that is the only survivor of their family that could take care of them, but to look for it they have to pass big risks. Kenovic, besides showing with sobriety the drama, incrusts the black humor with Hamza who when losing everything, he/she hallucinates to see its wife and daughter (Jasna Diklic and Look at it Lambic) like part of that fear to what faces and of the one that wanted to escape it hallucinates to be commit suicide* being hung of a rope. In fact with their suicide in that way, it is like it begins the tape. It also highlights when showing us how in spite of the misfortune of the war that has hardly left anything in foot, some neighbors defend a tree so that it is not demolished, or the firemen that don't stop to fulfill their duty. The tape is valuable not only for its film work and to be filmed in the place of the facts, but also for its questions of the useless thing of the war, of the reason the intervention of the NATO, of the reason the world tolerates éso, as well as it questions to the blue helmets of the UN who pass a navidad like kings, while in the survivors' Sarajevo great part they have several days without eating. The work of Kenovic is more than a warning, is a call to the tolerance, to avoid to arrive to situations so lamentable and absurd as that of Sarajevo.

The performance of Mustafa Nadarevic (Gospa, Washed Out, The Way Home, Captain America, Evil Blood, History of Croacia, When dad is of Trip) it is very outstanding and realist.

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