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Bal na vodi (1985)

In 1985, four middle-aged Yugoslav emigres return to Belgrade for the funeral of Mariana, their beautiful compatriot. They called her Esther, for Esther Williams, she was the coxswain for ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gala Videnovic Gala Videnovic ... Mirjana 'Ester' Zivkovic
Relja Basic Relja Basic ... Glenn
Nebojsa Bakocevic Nebojsa Bakocevic ... Young Glenn
Marko Todorovic Marko Todorovic ... Sasa
Dragan Bjelogrlic ... Young Sasa
Milos Zutic Milos Zutic ... Kica
Srdjan 'Zika' Todorovic ... Young Kica (as Srdjan Todorovic)
Djordje Nenadovic Djordje Nenadovic ... Pop Popovic (as George Heston)
Goran Radakovic Goran Radakovic ... Young Pop
Milan Strljic Milan Strljic ... Young Ristic
Dragomir Bojanic-Gidra Dragomir Bojanic-Gidra ... 'Joe' Ristic (as Anthony Gidra)
Ljubisa Samardzic ... Glenn's father
Ruzica Sokic Ruzica Sokic ... Kica's mother
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Danica Maksimovic Danica Maksimovic ... Rada Svercerka (black market)
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Storyline

In 1985, four middle-aged Yugoslav emigres return to Belgrade for the funeral of Mariana, their beautiful compatriot. They called her Esther, for Esther Williams, she was the coxswain for their four-man rowing team, and they each loved her. They'd last seen her in 1953, when they rowed her across the Adriatic, pregnant, to join her exiled father in Italy. In flashbacks we learn the story of their youthful baptism into sex, smoking, rock and roll (Hey Ba-ba-re-bop), Hollywood and Swedish films, blue jeans on the black market, and their rivalry with Ristic, the Communist Party youth leader for whom they had instant antipathy. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R

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Country:

Yugoslavia

Language:

Serbo-Croatian

Release Date:

24 October 1985 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

Hey Babu Riba See more »

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Gross USA:

$141,423
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Symbolic of Yugoslavia, its expatriates, and the role of Communism
12 June 1999 | by Danko-5See all my reviews

This coming of age movie is significantly more than just that; it is a metaphor for Yugoslav expatriates who left their beloved country after it was cleverly and tragically tricked by the false pretenses of the communists.


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