The literal translation of "Srecni Ljudi" would be "Happy People", and yes, it sounds and looks just as bizarre as REMs song.
90s brought war and crisis to Serbia. 1993. was one of the worst years in modern Serbian history, with a raging hyperinflation, chronic shortages of everything from food to petrol, and a constant war threat. People weren't happy, no sir they were not! And that's when the state television came up with a plan to put smiles back on their faces... "Happy People" everybody!
The story of this poor propagandist TV project revolves around the "average family" which has to soldier on through bad times, but manages to keep it's cool somehow. The country is ruined by corruption and crime, wages go around 5$ per month, and yet, Vukasin Golubovic (the main character), Arandjel (his father), Ristana (mother), wife, daughter and idiot son (Neca) always manage to sneak around trouble and get out of it all with their bags full. How and why they do it? Because they're Happy People, people!
This is, naturally, yet another of Sinisa Pavic's creations, and that means a lot of screaming, bad jokes that go around in never ending circles and a southern hillbilly dialect. Yes, it is very bad, but still not as bad as all that came from Mr. Pavic's script writing genius in years that followed...
Now, I know that a raging gunfire of negative votes is going to hit this review, and honestly, I don't give a fudge. Critical thinking is a category forsaken in Serbia, and popular reasoning goes that everything home-made and coming from days of yesterday is nice and worthy of remembrance by definition. Well sorry boys and girls, but you'll have to swallow this one.
* I started receiving rants, insults sand threats over this review, which means it fulfilled it's purpose in full. Cheers, douches!
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