This film predominantly deals with the problems of a young man whom his delusions led into conflict with society. These issues will throw him into an adventure that would be tragic for him,... See full summary »
This film predominantly deals with the problems of a young man whom his delusions led into conflict with society. These issues will throw him into an adventure that would be tragic for him, but still helpful for him to see the truth. The story takes place in Kosovo in 1945, in an atmosphere of uncured wounds, wandering, betrayal, burned homes, typhoid and other postwar misery. An authentic story from those days was taken as the film's basis. Written by
A Greek tragedy filmed in the manners of a Hollywood Western and a Yugoslav war epic
Ever since he filmed his first Yugo-Western, Esalon doktora M, in 1955, Zika Mitrovic was known for this brand of post-war movies set in Kosovo and Metohija. His most complex westerns are Obracun(1962), the sequel to his better-known hit Kapetan Lesi, and Brat doktora Homera, which is different because its main character is not a Partisan officer, but an ordinary man who gets caught up in the post-war problems of his home-town.
The plot takes place in an unnamed town in Kosovo in September 1945. The war has been over for 4 months,but this town is still being terrorized by a gang of outlaws hiding in the hills. They are led by a notorious smuggler called Atanas(Pavle Vujisic)and a drunken monk Kaluder(Ljuba Tadic).
In the middle of all this trouble,in comes Simon Petrovic(Bata Zivojinovic), a former law student who spent 4 years in a German prison camp and is now back in his home town. However, there are no good news for him- his former fiancé Vera(Jelena Zigon)is now dating his brother Homer(Voja Miric), having believed that Simon died 2 years ago,and his parents are dead. Bitter and disappointed, Simon investigates the death of his father Marko, a local judge who died in a house fire allegedly caused by Hadzikosta, a petty thief he sent to jail before the war and who has since escaped to Solun, Greece. However,when an old man who promised to tell him something he saw in the fatal night is killed, Simon realizes that Hadzikosta was only a patsy and that the real killer is still in town. Captain Vuk(Jovan Milicevic), a local KNOJ officer somehow involved in the fire, Atanas and his gang are worried because of this so they concoct a plan to turn Simon into a bandit so Vuk can legally shoot him...
This film, along with the films about Kapetan Lesi, could be called the best of Zika Mitrovic.It has it all-deep characterization, complex love affairs,double-crossing villains- all the elements of a great Spaghetti Western. However, it also contains elements of a Greek tragedy, since its main theme is the downfall of Simon Petrovic caused by his lust for revenge and his misconceptions which lead him in conflicts with the new regime.
Anyways, it deserves a full 10.
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