On April 5, 1941, a date Serbs will recognize, men on a country road board Krstic's bus for Belgrade: two Gypsies who occasionally sing about misery, an aging war vet, a Nazi sympathizer, a dapper singer, a consumptive, and a man with a shotgun. Krstic is a world-weary cynic, out for a buck; the driver is his son, the simple, cheerful Misko. En route they pick up a priest and young newlyweds going to the seaside. Along the way, mis-adventure strikes: a flat tire, a rickety bridge, a farmer who's plowed the road, a funeral, two feuding families, an army detail, and a lost wallet slow the bus and expose rifts among the travelers. On April 6, amid rumors of war, they reach Belgrade...
30 June 1980 (Yugoslavia)
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Who's Singin' Over There?
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In some scenes of the film, an old woman, clad entirely in black, is seen sitting at the back seat. No one ever talks to her, she plays no part in the film's plot, and she isn't listed in the end credits. Director Slobodan Sijan
has allegedly said that she represents death, as well as the tragedy of the upcoming war. However, the film's screenwriter Dusan Kovacevic
has said that: ''The old woman in black represents a part of Serbia which is completely isolated. She is the analogy of the old people who were left in some backwater villages, by their families. There they live, day-by-day, accepting their fate, with little concern about the events in the world, and have created their own paradox of memory, habits and melancholy.'' See more
The bus that makes the center point of the film is a Mercedes-Benz O3500, which did not enter the production until 1949, eight years after the events in film take place. See more
Referenced in Lepa sela lepo gore