Kusturica at his earliest ... and best
Quite simply, this is - together with "When Father Was Away on Business" - Kusturica's best film. Stylistically, the film is quite different from Kusturica's later efforts, starting with "Time of the Gypsies", but this film needs no flashy style to impress you; it is the way Kusturica tells the story and the nature of characters that draws you in instantaneously. A lot of it has to do with the screenwriter Abdulah Sidran who also worked with Kusturica on the follow-up "When Father..." (which, incidentally, deals with the same family), and who more than successfully translated his, Kusturica's and, in a way, Sarajevo's collective past onto a page (Sidran has a book by the same title) and the basis for the film. In many respect, this is the film that introduced Sarajevo and its cultural idiosyncrasies to the rest of then-Yugoslavia and put it on the country's cultural map. As strange as it may sound, before "Dolly Bell" Sarajevo was, culturally and - to some extent - otherwise, the big unknown to the rest of Yugoslavia - 'tamni vilajet', as it was referred to. The film, however, changed all of that. Whatever you may think of Kusturica and his later films, you cannot deny the superbness and extraordinary importance of his early works. See them and enjoy.
- May 22, 2005
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