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Besa (2009)

At the very beginning of the World War I, Filip, a Serb and the principal of a gymnasium in a small Serbian town, is summoned urgently to Belgrade to serve in the war effort. He has no one ... See full summary »

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Azem (as Miki Manojlovic)
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Lea
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Porucnik Jevrem
Nebojsa Dugalic ...
Filip
Ana Kostovska ...
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Radivoj Knezevic
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Jovo Maksic ...
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At the very beginning of the World War I, Filip, a Serb and the principal of a gymnasium in a small Serbian town, is summoned urgently to Belgrade to serve in the war effort. He has no one to leave his wife Lea with. She is a young and pretty Slovenian woman, a teacher of rhythmics and dance he met while studying in Western Europe. Azem, an illiterate, patriarchal Albanian, the school custodian, gives Filip his solemn oath, his 'Besa' (in the Albanian tradition: when someone gives their word which must be kept even if they lose their life in the process) that he would look after Lea and see to it that nothing happened to her. Two Europeans, from two entirely different cultures and habits are forced to an awkward cohabitation in the empty school. While the war rages in the background and gets menacingly closer, their interaction develops from hatred, through intolerance, to tolerance and an unusual friendship. Circumstances gradually draw Lea and Azem, a Christian woman and a Muslim ... Written by Anonymous

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Official submission of Serbia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011. See more »

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the wake up
31 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

a film like a map. or only a gem who defines, in delicate nuances, profound images, precise plot few deep realities of Balkans. it is a love story but in a manner different by usual definition. it is a beautiful story but, in same measure, a testimony about a world, a word, a special kind of sacrifice. a film about duty and force of a gray life. and an extraordinary performance of Miki Manojlovic. a film about war and romanticism but, in fact, only a movie about wake-up. about two people and a long expectation. in essence, the care to create each day for a wise vision about existence and the build of clear image about the other. a superb film. and a lot of causes for this verdict. must see it. maybe, for yours wake up.


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