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Witnesses (2003)

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When 3 soldiers discover a man inside a home they are bombing, they easily kill him. But, when a 2nd witness is discovered, she proves a bigger challenge, setting in motion a riveting game ... See full summary »

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Leon Lucev ...
Kreso
Alma Prica ...
Novinarka
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Majka
Drazen Kuhn ...
Barbir
Kresimir Mikic ...
Josko
Marinko Prga ...
Vojo
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Baric
Ljubomir Kerekes ...
Dr. Matic
Predrag 'Predjo' Vusovic ...
Ljubo
Tarik Filipovic ...
Javni tuzitelj
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Albanac
Ivo Gregurevic ...
Otac
Vanja Drach ...
Penzioner
Helena Buljan ...
Susjeda
Sreten Mokrovic ...
Doktor
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When 3 soldiers discover a man inside a home they are bombing, they easily kill him. But, when a 2nd witness is discovered, she proves a bigger challenge, setting in motion a riveting game of cat & mouse. Croatia. Croatian with English subtitles. Winner - Peace Prize and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Berlin Int'l Film Festival. Official Selection - Karlovy Vary, Jerusalem and Seattle Int'l FFs. Written by Anonymous

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Nothing specially. It would be maybe better if he'd followed the linear narrative.
14 February 2004 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

Nothing specially at all. This film film would be maybe better if he'd (Bresan) followed the linear narrative. But he's chosen instead to look at a series of events as if they were laid out on a map; he'll tap his pointer here, then there and revisit a handful of spots too many times far too long with too little new information gained to make the going back again worthwhile. When done well, when done for a reason better than simply for novelty's sake (particularly now that the novelty has well worn off), disjointed narratives can do wonders; but if they don't, they can literally tear what might otherwise have been a fine film to pieces.

There are individual scenes and set-ups that are o.k. in their evocation of the everyday effects of the war between the Croats and the Serbs in the early 90s, the war that moved like an infection from one piece of former Yugoslavia to the next throughout that decade. But each time we go back to the scene of the crime, hear the same siren and the same lines from the investigator, that power is defused and it takes too long for an 88-minute film for it to accumulate again (only, of course, to be defused again a few minutes later).


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