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Cabaret Balkan (1998)
"Bure baruta" (original title)

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In Beograd, mid-1990s, 20 people's paths crisscross one night in rage and theater. A callow youth dents a car; its owner hunts him down and trashes his father's flat. Michael, back from ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mira Banjac ...
The Bosnian Serb Mother
Ivan Bekjarev ...
The Man on the Bus Who Thinks He's Tough
Aleksandar Bercek ...
Dimitri, the Crippled Ex-Cop from the Local Cafe
Vojislav Brajovic ...
Topi, the Ex-Student Revolutionary Trafficker
Azra Cengic ...
The Wife of the Bus Man Who Thinks He's Tough
Bogdan Diklic ...
John, the VW Driver
Milena Dravic ...
The Lady on the Bus with the Hat and Fox Stole
Nebojsa Glogovac ...
The Chain-Smoking Taxi Driver
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Ana, the 'Flirt' on the Bus, George's Girlfriend
Dragan Jovanovic ...
Kosta, the Man with the Oar, Natalia's New Boyfriend
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Natalia, Mane's Ex-Fiancee
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Mane (Michael), the Homecoming Man (as Predrag-Miki Manojlovic)
Toni Mihajlovski ...
George, the Eternal Culprit, Ana's Boyfriend
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The Bosnian Serb Son Who Doesn't Want to End Up Like His Father
Dragan Nikolic ...
John's Boxer Friend
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In Beograd, mid-1990s, 20 people's paths crisscross one night in rage and theater. A callow youth dents a car; its owner hunts him down and trashes his father's flat. Michael, back from abroad, hopes to reclaim Natalia; her new, younger lover seems outclassed. A Bosnian drives a bus to eke out subsistence; his son works the Black Market for a sadist. A cabby buys drinks for a cop he crippled in revenge. Swarthy friends at a gym confess betrayals of each other; violence erupts, then one menaces a woman on a train. Another young woman, traumatized when a knife-wielding youth commandeers her bus, calls for help and ends up with a gun at her head. It's a cabaret macabre. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong violence including an act of sexual assault, strong language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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$11,774 (USA) (23 July 1999)

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$108,103 (USA) (15 October 1999)
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A shriek of anger from Belgrade
27 February 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Cabaret Balkan" comes at you like fangs on a snapping Doberman with is finely tuned and well crafted display of anger. An apparent cry of despair for the current social, economic, and political state of the Balkans, an open and festering wound on the face of the world, "Cabaret Balkan" actually shows little violence and almost no gore. What is does show is nonstop rage. A "Magnolia-esque" format with numerous characters in unrelated situations in lieu of a homogenous story, "Cabaret Balkan" trades plot for purpose and substance for effect. However, its sheer drama, the power of its performances, and the superb acting by a relatively unknown cast make this film pound-for-pound and dollar-for-dollar more powerful, gripping, and compelling than anything to come out of Hollywood in recent years.


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