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How the War Started on My Island (1996)

Kako je poceo rat na mom otoku (original title)
| Comedy, War | 1996 (Croatia)
Although being one of the first movies to take humoristic approach towards violent break-up of Yugoslavia, this motion picture is partly based on real events that took place in September of... See full summary »

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Vinko Bresan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vlatko Dulic Vlatko Dulic ... Blaz Gajski
Ljubomir Kerekes Ljubomir Kerekes ... Aleksa Milosavljevic
Ivan Brkic Ivan Brkic ... Roko Papak
Predrag 'Predjo' Vusovic Predrag 'Predjo' Vusovic ... Murko Munita
Bozidar Oreskovic Bozidar Oreskovic ... Boris Basic
Ivica Vidovic Ivica Vidovic ... Dante
Matija Prskalo Matija Prskalo ... Lucija Milosavljevic
Goran Navojec ... Martin
Senka Bulic Senka Bulic ... Spomenka
Etta Bortolazzi Etta Bortolazzi ... Baba
Slobodan Milovanovic Slobodan Milovanovic ... Ridikul
Leon Lucev ... Zoran Gajski
Rene Bitorajac ... Vojnik Albanac
Mladen Vulic Mladen Vulic ... Scepanovic
Goran Malus Goran Malus ... Zoran
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Although being one of the first movies to take humoristic approach towards violent break-up of Yugoslavia, this motion picture is partly based on real events that took place in September of 1991. Few months after Croatia seceded from Yugoslavia, Federal military installations are still present with previously recruited Croatian boys trapped inside. One such installation is a garrison on a small Dalmatian island, commanded by Major Aleksa Milosavljevic. Besieged by local militia, Major Aleksa threatens to blow up ammunition depots with half an island in case of any hostile action. During the stalemate, art historian Blaz Gajski comes from Zagreb in order to rescue his son from the barracks. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Serbian | Slovenian | Croatian

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1996 (Croatia) See more »

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Primosten, Croatia See more »

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HRK 2,130,000 (estimated)
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Truly an example of a good war film
7 February 2016 | by markjankovicSee all my reviews

Considering this is a film about the Yugoslav wars, particularly the Croatian war for Independence, made in a Balkan nation shortly after the war, I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a typical war film, focusing on demonizing the "other side" (Serbs, Bosniaks) and rewriting the history books like "Undeground" or "Pretty Village, Pretty Flame". But instead the film does not vilify anyone nor create a victim complex. The film is focused on a group of Yugoslav soldiers who plan to join the effort of fighting for the country's (Croatia) Independence, defecting from the Yugoslav army. Other Croats seem to view it their duty to uphold Yugoslav unity and stay. Without spoiling anything, the viewpoints of both pro-Independence Croats and pro-Yugoslavia Croats is given a humane view. Betray your fellow soldiers or your fellow people? The film is neither anti nor pro Yugoslavia. Truly a breath of fresh air in terms of a war film. Carnage is into the focus, but the complicated life decisions each character is making as the war unravels.


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