Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap.
After various skirmishes, two wounded soldiers, one Bosnian and one Serb, confront each other in a trench in the no man's land between their lines. They wait for dark, trading insults and even finding some common ground; sometimes one has the gun, sometimes the other, sometimes both. Things get complicated when another wounded Bosnian comes to, but can't move because a bouncing mine is beneath him. The two men cooperate to wave white flags, their lines call the UN (whose high command tries not to help), an English reporter shows up, a French sergeant shows courage, and the three men in no man's land may or may not find a way to all get along. Written by
After Ciki shoots Nino and the old soldier, he loads the other of the together taped magazines in the rifle and makes a loading movement, thus cycling the first round in the chamber. A bit later, in the "who started the war scene" in the bunker, Ciki shouts "who started the war?" and makes another loading movement, which would cause the first round to be ejected (unspent) from the rifle. Yet no round is ejected. See more »
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The story of the Bosnian conflict reduced to a small scale won the Oscar a few years back. I'm not sure that was because it was the best choice or because the film touch the current nerve in Hollywood.
Basically its the story of three men fighting, literally in the trenches of Bosnia. Its a very funny and touching tale, that unfortunately is also clichéd. Its not so much clichéd in whats done, although there is some of that, rather its in the fact that the tried and true "war is bad" cards are used to lessen the effect. Sending up even the media and the peacekeepers no one is spared in this obvious attack on a very wrong situation that has left too many people dead in the cross fire.
Yes, the film is worth seeing, its a very good story, however had it not won the Oscar no one would have been talking about it three weeks after the ceremony.
7 out of 10. A watcher, not a keeper.
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