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The Great Water (2004)

Golemata voda (original title)
An ailing communist reflects on his childhood in Stalinist Yugoslavia.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Saso Kekenovski ...
Lem Nikodinoski
Maja Stankovska ...
Isak Keyten
Mitko Apostolovski ...
Ariton
Verica Nedeska ...
Olivera Srezoska
Risto Gogovski ...
The Bellman
Nikolina Kujaca ...
Ariton's Wife
Meto Jovanovski ...
Old Lem Nikodinoski
Aleksandar Ribak ...
Metodija Griskoski
Vladimir Svetiev ...
Sekule (the geography teacher)
Petar Mircevski ...
Dervutoski (the gym teacher)
Goce Deskoski ...
Klimoski
Marina Cakalova ...
Lence
Zoran Popovski ...
Nikolce
Oliver Trifunov ...
Spasko
Goran Ilic ...
Doctor (in the ambulance)
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An ailing communist reflects on his childhood in Stalinist Yugoslavia.

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Drama | War

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how was Europe
26 September 2015 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Much has gotten told of Europe during World War II, less about what happened right after the war was over. Macedonia (then part of Yugoslavia) saw the Nazis defeated but saw a new terror arise. Tito's government established orphanages for children of anyone considered an enemy of the new government. Ivo Trajkov's "Golemata voda" ("The Great Water" in English) looks at the hellish conditions in one such orphanage. It's based on a children's book by Živko Čingo, but this is no children's story in the general sense. The story gets told as a flashback, with the main character remembering the horror that he experienced in an orphanage and how he befriends a new boy in the orphanage.

It only adds to the tragedy that Yugoslavia's breakup caused a war, and then Macedonia's government participated in the extraordinary rendition program. But anyway, this is a really good, really intense movie. I watched it to see how much Macedonian sounds like Russian; there were a few words that I could understand but mostly it sounds different.

I recommend the movie.


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