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Tears for Sale (2008)

Carlston za Ognjenku (original title)
Story of two sisters that grew up in a small Serbian village in the beginning of the 1930s. The village is torn up by wars and years long blood oath. There are no men left in the village. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mala Boginja
Sonja Kolacaric ...
Arsa 'Kralj carlstona'
Dragoljub 'Covek od celika'
Olivera Katarina ...
Velika Boginja
Nada Sargin ...
Jovana Stipic ...
Danica Maksimovic ...
Radmila Tomovic ...
Danijela Vranjes ...
Elizabeta Djorevska ...
Mara 'Pijandura'
Zlatija Ocokoljic ...
Gradska udovica (as Zlatija Ocokoljic-Ivanovic)
Ana Bretsnajder ...
Ana Maljevic ...
Seoska udovica


Story of two sisters that grew up in a small Serbian village in the beginning of the 1930s. The village is torn up by wars and years long blood oath. There are no men left in the village. Our heroines, Ognjenka and Mala Boginja decide to go to the city, kidnap men and return life to their village. The lights of the metropolis dazzle them and there starts this little amusing and sentimental adventure. Written by No Name

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Release Date:

30 January 2008 (Serbia)  »

Also Known As:

Čarlston za Ognjenku  »

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€4,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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A masterpiece
14 July 2010 | by (Antigua and Barbuda) – See all my reviews

This movie is simply a masterpiece. Its surrealist approach is similar to but goes much farther than Kusturica's flying fishes and brides (which are, by all means, the most charming features of Arizona Dream or Underground). It is the kind of film that makes you dream about another - not necessarily better, but nevertheless fascinating - world. This is especially remarkable as other Balkan cinematographers, such as the Romanians, are growing increasingly famous due to the triumph at Cannes and elsewhere of their sinister, realist movies that push the Italian post-WWII neo-realism to a darker, unbearable degree. Watching those films will certainly make you dream too, but you'll have nightmares. Watching Tears for Sale (or Charleston & Vendetta, which is the translation of the original title) is a delighting experience in post-modern surrealism. For the time being, the problem is that the movie seems to be available mostly in Serbian. Still, after some effort I was able to find on Internet an excellent French language version. But I am sure that subtitled DVD versions will soon be available. One final caveat: if you are an admirer of Hollywood movies and prefer 'believable dialogues' (as one of my fellow-reviewers does) definitely DO NOT WATCH Tears for Sale. Go to a theater that screens Spiderman 9 and you'll be happy. Choose Stojanovic's film only if you really like high-end cinema.

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