The film is about Slava Raskaj (1877-1906), famous deaf-and-dumb Croatian paintress ? Yes ?! Then why give her second billing ? We learn a lot about Bela Cikos-Sesija, modernist painter and her lover, but nothing much from Slava. Sure it tells us that she was in anguish (mental illness), but you don't get to know that much until later in the movie. Totally absurd. I'm sure some of our males mouths dropped when Sanja's Vejnovic's cast was taken off, but shouldn't we be getting back to Slava now ? The music is fairly on track, the cinematography was excellent, but the story is lacking in it's core figure. I came away with a sense of "did I miss something?". Matanic's direction is full of affectation and pose. He was simple unable to understand and feel Slava's drama. Pity cause he ruined the great biographic subject.
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