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Sonja Kolacaric
Natasa Markovic
Bojan Dimitrijevic
Nikola Vujovic
Marko Bacovic
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Propaganda piece
17 January 2015 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Aside the fact there have been too many movies about war on Balkan, it's never too easy to give an objective review of something you might be emotionally involved in. However in my point of view I have to say this short movie is a propaganda piece. Question remains - intentional or not. The story is simple - two friends meet up in the apartment and then go to a party together where they observe NATO bombing on Belgrade from rooftop of a building. There is a deeper meaning hidden behind few scenes with how people conduct themselves in situation like this and how they try to go on with their lives dealing with something so "outside the norms".

There are some jarring mistakes giving this short film connotations of "political garbage" or simply put propaganda. Specifically scenes where two friends are driving through apparently deserted city where you can see graffiti directed to NATO which is in Latin alphabet and not Cyrillic (as it should be since it's Belgrade, Serbia) - making this direct stab at Croatians as the reason why NATO is performing bombing on Belgrade. Also the commentator on TV in the beginning makes it sound like NATO are the bad guys here who are actually here to kill civilians as well which is preposterous. It's too obvious political fingering that can't be overlooked...

On the good side - the movie is competently done with some very atmospheric shots and appropriate music and mood but coming from someone who spend 5 years of his life in shelters in Croatia actually escaping the bombings - the last scene and it's lyrical calmness seems much too false. Seems director is off to make a full feature film based on this premise and I sincerely hope he will ditch all the unnecessary propaganda and make a film about characters and their experiences which is what it should all be about...


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