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Varuh meje (2002)
6 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
An excellent Slovenian movie, 26 August 2005
10/10

During the first 20 or so minutes of the movie, I was afraid that this was going to be yet another cheap attempt to make a day-horror film: three girls take a trip down the river dividing Slovenia and Croatia.

But, it turned out to be one of the best films from Slovenia I have ever seen. The movie is not an attempt at excellent directing or acting. All of the technical accepts are very average, but good enough to make you concentrate on the actual plot.

Not that there is a clear-cut plot. The movies is more of a statement, or a description, of differences between good and bad, moral and immoral and different understandings of social norms.

Although the film does deal with LGBT issues, it seems that Maja Weiss is only using this theme to deal with many more issues.

Characters are never developed and I didn't get the feeling that the movie is about them, they simply represent certain aspects of society.

As the film takes place in Slovenia (and Croatia), I would recommend to watch it, since it takes a different approach than "western" movies dealing with these kinds of issues would.

12 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
A solid movie from Croatia, 29 March 2005
7/10

This movie gets my 7/10. It's not a masterpiece, but it still is a very good movie and I would recommend anyone to see it. The topic of intolerance towards "other" sexualities has been dwelled on for a while, but this is somewhat of an unique perspective, since it comes from Croatia.

The story about two lesbians who fall victims of intolerance blends rather nicely with other generalized xenophobic or just plain "weird" traits of the local society. E.g. one of the characters beats his wife and seems to hate everything that's Serbian, so a separate story could probably be told about that family.

Acting is good, but not perfect. It seems to me that many Croatian actors act very conservatively (you have a feeling that they are uncomfortable swearing, or that they just came out of theater where they did Shakespeare). But, it doesn't ruin the movie, it's still very good.

9 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
Fantastic comedy from Sijan, 11 March 2005
9/10

This is a very humorous movie about communism and Marxism, or rather, communists and Marxists. It follows a life of a homeless, but very well read, Marxist who is coping with Che's death and wishes to live a life of revolutions and workers' uprisings. He is a hypochondriac, bitter at the world, and blaming his old capitalist boss for his life's misery.

Sijan gives a funny portray of his world and jokes about many caste of people in Yugoslavia at that time. He is using his famous and recognizable subtle humor, which combined with fine acting and a great overall story, results in a great piece of art.

Characteristic for Sijan's movies, this one also contains some fantastic and quotable one-liners. My favorite by far is: "Ovo nije brada klanja, ovo je brada razocaranja!" (this is not a beard of slaughter, this is a beard of disappointment), referring to the main character's Marxist, and not nationalist nature.

3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Great, light movie from Kusturica, 1 December 2004

This is a perfect movie to watch if you are feeling blue and need some cheering up. Unlike most Kusturica's movies, this one is easy to watch, funny, and full of excellent comedy. You will enjoy this movie the most if you have no idea what you are in for.

I was especially impressed by actors like Srdjan Todorovic and Branka Katic, who did the whole movie in the Romany language, and I am sure that neither one of them spoke a word of it before the movie.

Very entartaining movie! All of the jokes are in their place, scenes are fantastic, use of animals amazing (I especially liked the pig eating old Trabant).

5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
A great, insightful and funny film, 29 November 2003

"Tito i ja" is one of the best Yugoslavian movie creations ever. A tale of a boy growing up in a world divided between communists and the "other" ones, gives a great representation of Yugoslavian socialism. Unfortunately, many parts of this movie are not easy to understand unless a viewer is very familiar with the life of Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavia, etc.

Ringeraja (2002)
9 out of 19 people found the following review useful:
Dull, boring, trying too hard to be funny., 24 November 2003

I was all pumped up to watch another Serbian comedy. Got my pop-corn and a soda ready, but that was most of the fun I had that evening.

The idea behind the plot is not all that bad. Ringeraja is a movie about two brothers, Ringe and Raja. One of them is a criminal, while the other one is a graduate student - two different worlds. The criminal is trying to please his girlfriend's father, so he asks his brother to switch roles. He is going to pretend to be a student, and the real student has to act like a criminal.

The movie is divided into two acts, like a play in a theater would be. But, unlike in a good play, there is no conclusion to the first act. Such a transition was possible in movies like "Paket aranzman", but not in this one.

However, much bigger problem is in the script. This is supposed to be a comedy, but covnersations don't sound natural at all. It seems that they were trying to hard to set up an ooportunity for a joke. Thus, I cannot imagine anyone in Belgrade talking like that. The author tryed to utilize Belgrade slang, but most of the jargon and slang was used incorrectely.

This may be a fun movie to watch for some people because it is so dull, there is no point to it, and it doesn't require audience to think at all. However, all of the jokes are just not natural, humor is artificial. Modern Belgrade slang was utilized nicely in comedies such as "Mrtav hladan", or even "Munje". I don't recommend it at all.

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