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Maslina
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Two parallel tales of redemption, a century apart. A burglar is held at gunpoint and forced to listen to a story. At the turn of the 20th Century, two brothers feud over a woman. She marries one; the other, Luke, a deadly gunslinger, becomes a soldier of fortune in Macedonia, and gets embroiled in a local revolution. He's after money. Wounded by his brother, he's nursed by a pregnant villager who urges him to "kill for good, not for gold." A dying old woman in modern Manhattan tells Luke's story; her listener is Edge, a young thief who's burgled her flat to pay off crooked cops who can send him to jail. He listens with the desperate hope that he'll find gold that he thinks she has. The stories intersect when Edge sorts out the old woman's surprising connection to Luke. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Touching but inconsistent
14 March 2007 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Milcho Manchevski made a startling debut as movie director with "Before the rain" and he had all the right ingredients he needed to make a great, almost perfect movie. This is the follow up to that massive success and just can't avoid looking like a pale shadow of his first film. It is by no means a poor effort by Manchevski, but the right ingredients just aren't there this time. The acting is the main thing that saves it from being a failure. Still it is a strong movie that can be intriguing to watch in its best moments.

David Wenham and Joseph Fiennes play two cowboy brothers that wind up in Macedonia, fighting on different sides in a bloody conflict between the Macedonian natives and the oppressive Ottomans. Luke fights on the Ottoman side because they pay in gold, Elijah on the Macedonian because they are the right side. There are many bloody scenes here and it is one thing that I don't like with this film. The overall carnage gets too exhausting, simply put. And there is no real thrill in it either, except for the villains getting killed. The parallel stories intertwining aren't nearly as effective here as in "Before the rain". The plot with the black burglar and the old woman is weak and ineffective. Only the dramatic relationship between Luke (Wenham)and Elijah (Fiennes) and their rivalry over the beautiful and headstrong Lilith (unknown but solid actress) is what makes this film interesting and worthwhile.

Wenham gives a really powerful performance here and even overshadows both Fiennes and the rest of the cast. If you are a fan of this actor then you have a good reason to watch this film. If you are not and if you don't like bloody battle scenes and harrowing drama, avoid this film.


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