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When watching a movie Parade for the first time, you're not quite sure whether to laugh or to cry. Everyone in the hall laughed for a full 80 minutes and then all speechless and filled the room just sounds of the great fight scene, as a culmination of the conflict of two cultural ways of thinking. And after that, some in the audience were crying. I tried not to listen to comments of others because even I could say something bad and good about this movie and I wanted to focus my thoughts of others. Movies of acclaimed director Srdjan Dragojevic someone has to watch more than once if he want to see all the layers of stories and meanings are very important details that director intelligent runs. This movie should not be watched with prejudice on LGBT population in Serbia, because these prejudices really can not not overlook the viewer final attitude on this topic. I think that we should discuss this movie in 10 years from another angle on political and historical situation in Serbia, and than say is it good or bad movie, because it is not so simple in this moment. Complains that the film is full of clichés, and it was too easy in dealing with major problems are stupid. I think that this movie hasn't a philosophical background, the idea is to entertain and warn what can happen if we as society don't find a solution for interpersonal relationships. If this movie was just drama genre, nobody would go to watch it, because people like Dragjevic's style pleasing the audience. Of course not all who oppose the right of gay people to have their parade are hooligans and neo-Nazis as not all gay people are fine and well-meaning and feeble, but this movie does not deal with that environment, but completely opposite sides. So i don't think that this movie is Anti-Serbian, because in every place in this world you will find people like these characters, and if someone abroad will think that Serbs are mean and evil and uncivilized - after this movie, he is idiot, because even if you show the Serbs as a great and funny with many virtues, they will not like it because of the previous 20 years of media's brainwashing. If someone asked me, as the average citizen, I am not for the parade but I'm not in that gay people beating down the street. So thats not the problem with this movie. Main problem with this film is that whole scene of Parade in 2009 is fictional and it had never happen, but when you see documentary shots from Pride in 2010 after that, you can think, if you are not familiar with the events in Serbia, that it really happened too, and that the Serbs killed someone as Mirko in the parade. This film may be missing for another 10 minutes to fill some holes in the illogic of connecting scenes, which is the likely cause of the reduction of the film but it does not matter much follow the story, especially if you watch it for the second time. What bothers me is that the author is supposed to remain objective and to the side at the level of idea, regardless of the story, but the inscriptions on the end of the film chosen for his position. I have to commend the masterfully role of Goran Jevtic (MIRKO) and Hristina Popovic (PEARL), and as always in a handful of great episodic characters in Srdjan's films. Each honor for bravery in playing with themes and I think this movie is a metaphor for 'parade of society' that should be ashamed that we are where we are today.
I think that movie is very helpful, because it deals with all "Serbian problems" with humor. It's emotionally heavy and deep story, but also very comical - which is the only way, in my opinion, that can change someone's beliefs, or at least, make people think about the situation around here. Movie as a movie is very good and interesting, and it awakes emotions of happiness and sadness. Plot is, in the least, hilarious. It is about very serious topics and issues, which we, as a people, created on our own. Prejudice that we create, everyone of us, whether we are Serbs, gay, straight, Albanians, Croats, Bosnians or someone else . Maybe one of the best movies of Srdjan Dragojevic.
I find this movie ground-breaking and beautifully made. I will slightly
base this writing on the review of the user "mmajstor", who - as a
Serbian - knows the situation in the country best, but I want to share
my view on the problems he exposed. I'm a gay from Slovenia, which is
the most gay-friendly of the ex-Yugoslavian countries. Pride parades
take place regularly for the last 11 years and we always experience
sadness when hearing the unpleasant stories of parades in Croatia and
Serbia, the latter being one of the most homophobic countries in
Europe. Making a movie about homosexuality is already the reason to bow
before Dragojevic (the director), who experienced homophobic attacks
while making this film. And even more, made a really good one.
Of course, the movie is a bit idealistic, that was the point. Gay movies are depressing as it is, there's no point in just showing gay bashing, because in the case of Serbia that could be a simple documentary. This movie was made to give hope to people. I admit that the characters are a bit stereotypical, not all homosexuals are like that, but some of them ARE and they should be allowed to walk freely outside as anybody else. And as mmajstor said "I don't think that gay population would be satisfied with the presented picture of them", in the case of me and my friends, we were laughing the loudest in the cinema because we got the inside jokes. And already like this, the movie was very provocative, so I wouldn't tease the local public with harsher topics for the start, because I think the movie was made mainly to educate. If this was the primary goal, I believe it did well. It showed that gays as well as straights can get beat up for the same reasons, for love. It showed that people can change and that giving a chance to somebody can result in personal growth. It had to show the situation to the locals from the Serbian point of view, because only this way people can relate to it and not think "it's just another one of those American Sodoma-and-Gomorrah movies" - it's something that happens in your country, in your town.
And finally, the idea of teaming up ex-enemies to protect Serbian gays is pretty far-fetched, but absurdly hilarious and slightly nostalgic.
Basically, my opinion is that this was a wonderfully made film and I hope it will made people think. Really think.
This in one of the best movies I've seen recently. It gives a great picture of today's society on the Balkans - a closed-minded, racist community where often people can't express their opinions freely without getting their asses kicked. It's not just the gay thing, there's plenty more in this film. It sends a warm message to all the countries from ex-yu. One of the thing not shown here, but implied, is the other thing I was talking about - it's hard to express your political and even national opinions - if you're a Croat, you're automatically against Serbs, and if you're a Croat in Serbia, boy you're screwed. And vice versa. People are just lining up to kick Serbs in Croatia, I know by what I've seen. Also, expressing a left oriented political opinion makes you a communist - also ass kicking material and other closed minded things. Homophobic problem presented in this movie is merely one tenth of the people's persistent stupidity problems here on Balkans. A good friend of mine is a lesbian, and she wasn't discriminated as much as people in this movie, but she helped me change my opinions. I think we all need that one interaction with the people of LGBT community to see that they're not fags, gays, lesbians, dikes etc. To see that they are just normal people living normal lives, just like you and me. We often don't see that unless we meet someone who's actually gay. This movie breaks the walls of prejudices and helps people see that there's nothing wrong with being gay. It's a very refreshing movie on the Balkan scene, and it will make you laugh your ass out, and burst to tears in the end. It's full of comic situations, especially Lemon's homophobic jokes, and I love that you can really see the transformation of his opinions, in such episodes as Ben Hur's, and you can see how it should be in all of us. The acting is great, the message is great, the humor is great, except one thing - Serbian movies actually have even more raw humor, and I find this humor very gentle compared to some movies I've seen. But still, 10/10 and a must watch!
'Parada' was the most popular film in the Berlin Festival this year,
bagging both audience awards yet not the LGBT 'Teddy Award'. That
illustrates both its strength and weakness as a film: intended to
induce a positive image about homosexuals in a non-gay audience, it
does an admirable job in combining drama and comedy, tears and laughs.
Yet at the same time, the gay characters are so terribly cliché that,
in a different setting, they could be also used to narrate a viciously
That this is not the case is due to the scriptwriting talents of Srdan Dragojevic, who makes every single character, gay or not, a walking cliché of ex-Yugoslavia. The ex-militia gangster, tattooed all over with battle reminders around bullet wounds, resorting to protecting a gay pride march at the behest of his 'slut-with-a-golden-heart' fiancée, is about as credible as the effeminate wedding planner insisting on organizing the pride in spite of organized acts of violence by a group of nationalist skinheads lead by, as it turns out, the gangster's son. Add to this the soft-hearted vet who saves his dog and turns out to be the wedding planner's partner, with whom the gangster embarks on a journey through ex-Yugoslavia to enlist the help of other ex-soldiers, who, for reasons not sufficiently explained, became his friends while being his enemies at the same time... the plot is indeed as convoluted and incredible as this summary sounds like.
Yet Dragojevic's writing constantly adds jokes and situational comedy, he reveals himself here to be indeed the creator of the beloved classic 'We are no Angels'. The eclectic mix between comedy and drama makes this pretty much a must-see, as does the tremendous success 'Parada' enjoyed at home and in its festival run. Just don't expect any real portrayal of gay life in the Balkans; having been born in Romania, I fully understand that for a homosexual in Belgrade, this film must come rather as an offense than a relief. Yet as one cannot explain quantum theory in primary school, the clichés in this film are probably a necessary evil: you have to work with what people already (believe to) know in order to educate them and change their attitude. If this film succeeds in making cliché gays more acceptable in the mainstream, then maybe this will color off into a broader acceptance of the fact that the public knows very little about homosexuality and therefore has no reason to feel threatened by it; in that case 'Parada' would have done its job of opening minds, aside of being a pretty entertaining experience.
I use the word 'brilliant' in it's truest sense. This film is a
masterpiece. My wife is a bosnian serb and I have visited republika
srpska many times, and I have great fondness for the place. I have
learned a lot about the Balkans so I was able to understand much of
this film, although I missed many of the subtleties I am sure. I think
it's important to know a little about ex yugoslavia to get the 'point'
of this film, but even if you don't this is still an humanitarian movie
and as such can be enjoyed purely for what it is. Parada has to be
seen. It's as simple as that. All the reviews in the world cannot do
this film justice. It is a roller-coaster of humour and tears and it
will touch even the hardest heart. I was so moved by this film that it
took an entire day just for me to decide on how I felt about it. Parada
has power in the way no other film has ever managed to achieve.
To be brief: watch this film, it's a once in a lifetime experience.
Was waiting to see the movie for a long time and it was worth the wait.
It's very funny but also delivers strong message about prejudice and
hate. The acting is superb. Hristina Popovic and Nikola Kojo gave
excellent performance. I loved the soundtrack( some songs just stuck in
my head) I believe this movie showed in humorous way what needs to be
changed and what is definitely wrong in the society. And that they used
some clichés. Well it's not the end of the world.
Living in the country were homosexuals have equal rights it's odd to see that there are countries where they are subjected to abuse and beating. But I do believe that this movie shows hope that this will change. Everybody deserves his/hers happiness and it's wrong to define person according to his sexual orientation. This was the main aim of the movie If even one person changed his opinion after watching this movie it served it purpose.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This movie positively surprised me, it's comic, but not in a way we're used to here, like many other slapstick-y movies seen in recent years. It revolves around a former criminal and war veteran Limun, a slightly homophobic patriot and a group of LGBT activists trying to organize a pride parade in Belgrade, the not so gay friendly environment. Their paths cross when, in despair, the activists turn to Limun for help, having nobody to protect them during the parade. The movie is greatly filled with hilarious moments and funny dialogue, and standard Balkanian prejudices and clichés, not used for cheap comedy, but in an attempt to depict a society that is based on those clichés and fed with it through politics, mass media manipulation, and ignorance. Some might not like the fact that the movie is all comedy, and gets serious about LGBT rights and awareness only at the end, but I think that is exactly why it made such an impact on me; since I was laughing the whole time, I didn't expect such ending, and it caught me off guard, making the final scenes even more intense, serious, and moving.
I think it is really a great movie. I watched it with my girlfriend in the theater and we were both pretty excited and under great impressions even the day after. The story had a nice, smooth humorous way to steel into the auditions collective consciousness and to make them all laugh out loud. Despite the funny dialogues and the scenes, the story has a deep metaphor which is quite serious and initiates you to think about. The movie characters are each of them from a different ex-Yugoslav republic. Mostly of them were in war against each other, but built friendships after the wars were over (despite the nationalism, opposite politics and ethnic diversity - they united to fight together). Now they built a team to fight for the gays (which represent metaphorically the emotional and peaceful character in humans) in their gay parade in Belgrade which should be organized in close future. Everybody is against them, skinheads are sharpening their knives, while preparing for the final fight (they are representing the brutal, aggressive nature in human). The fight for peace and freedom begins, bringing some adrenalin and rage to audition to fight back against the distorted society.
The Parade (i keep forgetting that that's the actual title as the
parade itself doesn't even happen til the last 10 or 15 minutes of the
movie) is a mostly enjoyable comedic farce that starts out like a guy
ritchie film (big tough gang affiliated guy gets his dog shot at and
immediately wants revenge...now! but not before taking the dog to a vet
and holding the vet at gunpoint to fix the dog!) you think that that
British gangster tone is what's gonna dominate the rest of the film but
then the guy ritchie vibe gradually gives way to a variation on The
Birdcage--with the vet and his wedding planner boyfriend getting beyond
tired of being signaled out for being gay (their little pink car is
continually getting spray pained curses and insults on and in fact the
wedding planner is part of a lgbt group planning a gay pride march that
is in danger of being torn apart by a massive group of skinheads) The
vet eventually gets the idea to hire the gang-boss whom he was scared
of as a big burly protector for the parade--and in the process maybe,
maybe teach him how to be a little more macho, and how to stand up for
himself so he's not being picked on by every single person in his life
outside his boyfriend (even his own dad is just such a jerk to him in
one quick scene) This then turns into an Expendables kind of film as
the gang-boss tries to get his old friends to help him protect the
group from the raging skinheads(essentially becoming an old gang of
aging but still tough as nails gang of ex mercenaries and soldiers
getting back together for one last seemingly impossible mission)
somehow the film also manages to mix in bits of Analyze This (trying to
teach the not very macho guy to act tough to impress the other
mercenaries in said gang--which was a lot like when De Niro had to try
to toughen up Billy Crystal so that the other mobsters would take him
seriously at the end of that movie)
Its The Birdcage Meets The Expendables basically--and you know what? the 2 movies manage to merge their plot lines together a lot smoother then you'd expect such a film that brought those 2 wildly different films to mind. It helps that the film is very well acted and very well written (and directed) Both the gang-boss and the schlubby vet who yearns to be tough emerge as very complex characters both of whom have things in their past they regret, and things in their present they love but would love to be able to appreciate more then they currently do. The interactions between the 2 men really are the heart of this film and i really think the film wouldn't be half as affecting if the 2 actors didn't have as much chemistry playing off each other as they do. They're both well acted and well written leading characters and the fact that you can feel for the both of them helps the film gets its point across that both guys essentially have much much much more in common then either one would care to admit.
The other supporting characters are pretty good too--the tough as nails fiancée of the gang-boss really steals a good number of her scenes she's in, and you can really understand why the gang-boss would do anything to continue to be engaged to her--even if its not apparent at first, it becomes clear eventually that she is the only person who both understands him and appreciates him for both who he is and who he could be (ie that he's capable of change which not even he believes for most of the movie) If the other mercenaries once they come into the story are not as well defined as the two other men and the fiancée, they at least provide a good counterpoint for the gang-boss and indeed provide a number of humorous moments all their own.
The only problem i think i had with the film overall is that when the ending hit, it was both a lot sadder then anything in the film prior to that would have made you think was coming, and somehow cements the very realness of what you were just watching. Its precisely that sadness that gives the film an unexpected depth of feeling that the film in its light hearted amusing way made you forget the film had. It really hammers home the point of the entire film we were just watching, and if some people feel that that point was more heavy handed then everything that came before--i feel like those people are overlooking just how harsh some of the insults thrown at and how scary some of the actual physical violence that was threatened at the gay couple throughout the film actually were. Also that skinhead rally and climactic parade truly were both scary, tense, and somehow also funny and heartbreaking as well. This film really does strike an amazing balancing act in terms of tone and emotion, but the film mostly manages to maintain that tone by just being good company. Its not a perfect film by any means-its goes on a little longer then it needs to, the film's other lgbt characters never really emerge as actual people, the subplot involving the gang-boss's son seemingly gets resolved out of nowhere, but you know the film is so jovial that none of that really matters, and the film itself is a rather memorable one, one that even if its mostly comedic somehow manages the neat trick of also making you care about its main two characters which carries the film a lot more then you would even think possible when the film started.
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