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Ko to tamo peva (1980)

It's April 5, 1941, somewhere in Serbia. A group of people go on a bus to Belgrade, on a journey that will change their lives forever.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pavle Vuisic ... Kondukter (as Pavle Vujisic)
... Pevac
Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic ... Brka (as Danilo Stojkovic)
... Misko Krstic
Neda Arneric ... Mlada
Milivoje 'Mica' Tomic ... Aleksa Simic (as Milivoje Tomic)
Tasko Nacic ... Lovac
Boro Stjepanovic ... Celavi (as Borislav Stjepanovic)
... Mladozenja
Miodrag Kostic ... Muzikant I
Nenad Kostic ... Muzikant II
Bora Todorovic ... Ozalosceni
Slobodan Aligrudic ... Porucnik
Petar Lupa ... Pop
Stanojlo Milinkovic ... Orac
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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... Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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 »

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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 »

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Referenced in Lepa sela lepo gore (1996) See more »

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must see for all foreign diplomats to the Balkans
19 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie is one of the funniest, saddest and most accurate portrayals of the mentality that seems to have pervaded the Balkans yet again, 45 years after the time depicted. All the usual characters and conflicts are presented with such anger, sadness and love combined that it is impossible to decide whether crying or laughing would be the more appropriate response. The accuracy of portrayal and the timelessness of the types, however, make it for a great film to watch if one wants to understand a little bit of what drove ex-Yugoslavia to its madness. In fact, no diplomat dealing with the region should attempt anything until they saw this movie, and its twin, *Maratonci trce pocasni krug.* Did I mention it is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen?


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