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No Man's Land (2001)

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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Filip Sovagovic ...
Serge-Henri Valcke ...
Sacha Kremer ...
Alain Eloy ...
Old Serbian soldier
Bogdan Diklic ...
Serbian officer
Branko Zavrsan ...
Djuro Utjesanovic ...
Bosnian guide
Mirza Tanovic ...
Bosnian officer


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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

soldier | mine | serb | trench | booby trap | See All (40) »


Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ničija zemlja  »

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Box Office


FRF 14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,645 (USA) (7 December 2001)


$1,059,830 (USA) (24 May 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


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 »


Sgt. Marchand: Vous parlez francais?
Serb private: No.
Sgt. Marchand: Do you speak English?
Serb private: Yes.
Sgt. Marchand: We came for people.
Serb private: Yes.
Sgt. Marchand: People between lines.
Serb private: Yes, yes.
Sgt. Marchand: Where are they?
Serb private: Yes, yes, yes.
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References The Smurfs (1981) See more »


Sung by Sarr e Roma with:
Adnan Zimic
Amir Karaha Sanovic
Miralem Basic
Kosta Latinovic
with special guest
Muris Dautovic on the accordion
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Intelligent and humorous critic against the Yugoslavian war
18 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

The movie talks upon three soldiers , one Serbian and two Bosnian who are trapped in a trench amidst the contenders lines during Servia-Bosnia Herzegovina war in 1993 , at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides . One Bosnian finds himself unlucky hooked to a bomb that in movement case can cause blow-up .

It's a sour denounce facing the war realized with dark humor . There's a keen critic to the role of United Nations , ¨U.N.¨ , in which two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict , become trapped in no man's land , whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap . The screenplay tackles issues about the war horror , morality and ethic but with notes of acute and sharp comedy developed in great sense of ductility and fairness . The story is nicely narrated in hight sensitivity and intelligence . It's a fascinating warlike film described in a serious-comic style . The flick obtained a well deserved Oscar winner for best foreign language picture . The film tries to remain neutral but appear Radovan Karazkic's images commanding the Sarajevo siege . The motion picture takes part of the Servian war subgenre , such as :¨Welcome to Sarajevo¨ or ¨Before the Rain¨ and other numerous films . The principal actors , although unknown , are excellent . The support cast is more known , thus shows up Katrin Aldridge who unfortunately dead recently by a stroke , she interprets an impulsive journalist . Simon Callow as an United Nations colonel is equally magnificent . The picture was finely directed by debuting Danis Tanovic (¨Tigers¨, "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker" , ¨Triage¨) who also wrote the screenplay and even the music . Rating : Above average . Well catching.

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