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The State of the Dead (2002)

Drzava mrtvih (original title)
When the war in Yugoslavia breaks out, an army officer who's ethnic Slovenian yet still believes in Yugoslavia, decides to move to Belgrade. The country continues to fall apart and so does his family failing to find acceptance there.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Radko Polic ...
Janez Kranjc
Nebojsa Glogovac ...
Gorazd Kranjc
Katina Ivanova ...
Ristana Kranjc
Milena Pavlovic ...
Tatjana
Elizabeta Popovic ...
Ruzica
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rados Bajic ...
Policijski komandir
Nikola Bulatovic ...
Soldier
Ljubomir Cipranic
Aleksandra Cucic
Slobodan Custic ...
Dzordz
Svetozar Cvetkovic ...
Janezov pretpostavljeni
Bogdan Diklic ...
Kelner Milan
Bojan Dimitrijevic ...
Transvestit
Ranko Gucevac
Dusan Janicijevic ...
Major JNA
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When the war in Yugoslavia breaks out, an army officer who's ethnic Slovenian yet still believes in Yugoslavia, decides to move to Belgrade. The country continues to fall apart and so does his family failing to find acceptance there.

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Država mrtvih  »

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The last salute to a country that is no more
4 August 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Watching this movie will tell you a story of the civil war in Yugoslavia as seen from the point of view of every old-school officer of the former Yugoslav Army.

Janez Kranjc, a Slovene, was all his life devoted and proudly loyal to the Yugoslav cause. When the time came to choose sides at what was the beginning of the Yugoslav break-up, he did the only thing he believed was right an honorable. He chose Yugoslav ideal before local-patriotism, and by doing so sacrificed a future and career prospects of his whole family. They had to leave his native Slovenia and became effectively refugees in Belgrade.

There were fewer and fewer true Yugoslavs in Belgrade, though, and he slowly realizes that he is now just another foreigner in what he still believed was his country. A traitor to the Slovenes and just another Slovene to the Serbs...

Zivojin Pavlovic has been one of the best proponents of naturalist/realist style of cinema in Yugoslavia and as such this film is distinctive among other Yugoslav films depicting the wars of the 90s. It is very true to what really happened to thousands of honorable people in uniform during that dark decade.

A difficult film to watch, it did justice to the very serious topic.


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