During the Bosnian War, Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees. Their once promising connection has become ambiguous as their motives have changed.
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During the Bosnian War, the captive Bosnian Ajla is brought with other women to a Serbian barrack to serve the soldiers. The commander Danijel recognizes Ajla that he met in a night-club and wooed her and he discreetly protects her. They rekindle their love, but can they trust on each other? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Almost all uniforms, insignia, military equipment, weapons and vehicles of the Bosnian Serb Army shown in the movie, are completely inaccurate and never seen in the war in the former Yugoslavia. Whilst some wardrobe pieces (e.g. ranks and insignia) are fully imaginary items, most other military props are obviously of non-local origin (mostly came from former Soviet Block armies, notably Hungary, where most of the filming took place). Practically all of the shown 'Bosnian Serb' distinctive sleeve insignia, are actually from the surplus of The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Army and were, as such, never worn by Serbs in the Bosnian War. See more »
It's politics, not murder. The politics of all this are very complicated.
It is murder... for political gain. But still murder.
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During the Bosnian War, the captive Bosnian Ajla (Zana Marjanovic) is brought with other women to a Serbian barrack to serve the soldiers. The commander Danijel (Goran Kostic) recognizes Ajla that he met in a night-club and wooed her and he discreetly protects her. They rekindle their love, but can they trust on each other?
"In the Land of Blood and Honey" is a surprisingly good romance in the brutal Bosnian War and the debut of Angeline Jolie as director. The love story is very well written in the environment of the atrocities and the genocide of the Serbian army and the conclusion is perfect.
I include "In the Land of Blood and Honey" in my list of best movies about this horrible war: "Welcome to Sarajevo"; "Harrison's Flowers"; "Vulkovar"; "Pretty Village, Pretty Flame"; "Shot Through the Heart'"; "Savior"; "Bure Baruta" and "No Man's Land". My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Na Terra de Amor e Ódio" ("In the Land of Love and Hate")
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