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Ode to the Poet (2001)

Oda Presernu (original title)
Miha, a poet whom no one takes seriously, earns his living by writing cheap advertising slogans. This outsider poet of the new age gets commissioned to write an ode to the famous Slovene ... See full summary »

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Martin Srebotnjak
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Credited cast:
Martin Srebotnjak Martin Srebotnjak ... Miha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Demeter Bitenc Demeter Bitenc ... Profesor
Barbara Cerar ... Petra
Zvonko Coh Zvonko Coh ... Juznic
Gregor Cusin Gregor Cusin ... Edo
Branko Djuric ... Ednan
Brane Grubar Brane Grubar ... Sekretar (as Brane Gruber)
Tomi Janezic Tomi Janezic ... Molnar
Andrej Stritof Andrej Stritof ... Preseren
Gasper Tic Gasper Tic ... Preseren
Barbara Zefran Barbara Zefran ... Dana
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Miha, a poet whom no one takes seriously, earns his living by writing cheap advertising slogans. This outsider poet of the new age gets commissioned to write an ode to the famous Slovene poet Preseren, for the occasion of the national celebration, due to the 200th anniversary of Preseren's birth. Who was Preseren, what did he drink and what sort of woman did he like? A comedy can begin. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy

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A rare and funny gem from Slovenia
9 February 2004 | by bsincSee all my reviews

It's not a custom to have the privilege of seeing a funny Slovenian movie. Our domestic movie makers are apparently still living in the heyday of our "greatest" writer Ivan Cankar who is without a doubt one of the most depressing and childhood-stealing novelists many of us unfortunate scholars had the "privilege" of reading. But let me get back to the movie that, ironically, concerns our "greatest" poet, France Preseren. Martin Srebotnjak(the director and lead actor) deserves much praise, for he has conceived a movie that satirically deals with the ups and downs of a slogan writer and his writer's block. He succeeds where most others have failed, he actually makes his movie realistic, by this I especially mean the script(which is perhaps the greatest problem when it comes to a Slovenian movie) and the acting(which still has it's lame and awkward moments but, perhaps due to the solid script doesn't come out like a pile of talentless s..t! I would also especially like to commend this one sentence where he makes fun of the Slovenian phrase for saying "I love you", which (and I'd almost bet my left nut), as he put it, IS the number one thing why our country is so bloody unable to love itself. We can't even say the friggin word without sounding like idiots to ourselves, let alone convincing the other person. A movie that knows how to use it's advantages and sense of humor and thus carefully and skillfully avoids the quick fall into the abyss of a typical Slovenian production. Oh yeah:(for any foreign viewers)-the news show that has those short and silly clips in between the movie is real, and believe me, most of the time the real news are every bit as useless and stupid as the ones they depicted. 8/10


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Country:

Slovenia

Language:

Slovenian

Release Date:

April 2001 (Slovenia) See more »

Also Known As:

Oda PreŇ°ernu See more »

Filming Locations:

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Vertigo, E-motion Film, VPK See more »
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