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Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Bosnian Serb Mother
... The Man on the Bus Who Thinks He's Tough
... Dimitri, the Crippled Ex-Cop from the Local Cafe
... Topi, the Ex-Student Revolutionary Trafficker (as Vojislav Brajovic)
... The Wife of the Bus Man Who Thinks He's Tough
... John, the VW Driver
... The Lady on the Bus with the Hat and Fox Stole
... The Chain-Smoking Taxi Driver
... Ana, the 'Flirt' on the Bus, George's Girlfriend
... Kosta, the Man with the Oar, Natalia's New Boyfriend
... Natalia, Mane's Ex-Fiancee
... Mane (Michael), the Homecoming Man (as Predrag-Miki Manojlovic)
... George, the Eternal Culprit, Ana's Boyfriend
... The Bosnian Serb Son Who Doesn't Want to End Up Like His Father
... John's Boxer Friend
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In Beograd, mid-1990s, 20 people's paths crisscross one night in rage and theater. A callow youth dents a car; its owner hunts him down and trashes his father's flat. Michael, back from abroad, hopes to reclaim Natalia; her new, younger lover seems outclassed. A Bosnian drives a bus to eke out subsistence; his son works the Black Market for a sadist. A cabby buys drinks for a cop he crippled in revenge. Swarthy friends at a gym confess betrayals of each other; violence erupts, then one menaces a woman on a train. Another young woman, traumatized when a knife-wielding youth commandeers her bus, calls for help and ends up with a gun at her head. It's a cabaret macabre. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong violence including an act of sexual assault, strong language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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1 August 1998 (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,774, 25 July 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$108,103, 17 October 1999
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unbelievable
4 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

There are so few movies out there of this caliber. Though certainly a visceral movie, there is a feeling of connectedness with the characters that (though somewhat negated by the foreign language) makes this more than just an intense viewing. Sure, at the end, I breathed a sigh of relief and let go of the knot in my stomach, but the best part of this movie is its study of human nature on the edge. What makes this movie so awful to watch is not that the characters can be so evil, but that you know that they aren't inherently so. Please go see this movie now.


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