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Pretty Village, Pretty Flame (1996)

Lepa sela lepo gore (original title)
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During the war in Bosnia, two childhood friends eventually become enemies, as the tragic and devastating circumstances of the war put them on the opposite sides and expose the most gruesome and cruel aspects of the human nature.

Director:

Srdjan Dragojevic

Writers:

Vanja Bulic (story), Srdjan Dragojevic (dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dragan Bjelogrlic ... Milan
Nikola Kojo ... Velja
Dragan Maksimovic Dragan Maksimovic ... Petar
Zoran Cvijanovic Zoran Cvijanovic ... Brzi
Milorad Mandic-Manda Milorad Mandic-Manda ... Viljuska (as Milorad Mandic)
Dragan Petrovic-Pele Dragan Petrovic-Pele ... Laza (as Dragan Petrovic)
Lisa Moncure Lisa Moncure ... Liza
Nikola Pejakovic Nikola Pejakovic ... Halil
Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic ... Gvozden
Petar Bozovic Petar Bozovic ... Sloba
Marko Kovijanic Marko Kovijanic ... Marko
Dragan Zaric Dragan Zaric ... Nazim
Admir Sehovic Admir Sehovic ... Mali Milan
Milos Djuricic Milos Djuricic ... Mali Halil
Vera Dedovic Vera Dedovic ... Uciteljica
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Storyline

At the Belgrade army hospital, casualties of Bosnian civil war are treated. In the hospital they remember their youth and the war. Two young boys, Halil, a Muslim, and Milan, a Serb, have grown up together near a deserted tunnel linking the Yugoslav cities of Belgrade and Zagreb. They never dare go inside, as they believe an ogre resides there. Twelve years later, during the Bosnian civil war, Milan, who is trapped in the tunnel with his troop, and Halil, find themselves on opposing sides, fatefully heading toward confrontation. Written by Saso Koren <saso.koren@guest.arnes.si>

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Comedy | Drama | History | War

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Based on an actual war time event of 7 members of 3. company of "Drina" battalion who were tasked to guard the bridge outside the Brodar tunnel near Visegrad, Bosnia and Hercegovina in September, 1992. On the 4. day of the guard duty they ware forced into the tunnel by Bosnian forces where they were trapped for the next 9 days during which 3 members of the group were killed, 3 managed to escape and one remained behind to cover them. See more »

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Velja: Pretty villages are pretty when they burn. Ugly ones stay ugly, even when they burn.
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Bacila je sve niz rijeku
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By far, the best movie to come out of the Balkan wars
23 July 2007 | by hadzijaSee all my reviews

I've seen it again today. I've seen it ten years ago when it first came out. On a 17x copied VHS bootleg tape, and now on DVD. Without going into details, I can only say this is one of the movies that I've seen many times and each time I see it it strikes me as the best of the best. It's multi layered and highly symbolic at times, due to that, the only ones to understand it fully are people that have a good understanding of the Balkan wars and/or the mentality of the characters. Some see it as pro-Serbian propaganda, other see it as anti-Serbian. And that alone makes it worth watching for me. Anyways, it's a chilling and wonderful masterpiece. Sad, bleak, darkly humorous at times but very very VERY good.


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Language:

Bosnian | Serbian | English

Release Date:

6 November 1997 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Pretty Village, Pretty Flame See more »

Filming Locations:

Prijepolje, Serbia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$141, 19 January 1998

Gross USA:

$211

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$211
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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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