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Sjaj u ocima (2003)

Swan is a lonely Serbian refugee in Belgrade. He hopes for a visa to follow his long-lost fiancée to Chicago, but winds up at the Happy Millennium dating agency. A warm romantic comedy with a twist.

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Srdjan Karanovic
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Senad Alihodzic Senad Alihodzic ... Labud
Ivana Bolanca Ivana Bolanca ... Romana
Jelena Djokic Jelena Djokic ... Vida
Milena Dravic ... Vlasnica agencije
Gorica Popovic Gorica Popovic ... Majka
Boris Komnenic Boris Komnenic ... Profesor Jablan
Matija Prskalo Matija Prskalo ... Agnes
Lotos Sparovec Lotos Sparovec ... Igor
Branko Cvejic Branko Cvejic ... Otac
Bisera Veletanlic Bisera Veletanlic ... Ljubiteljka muzike
Predrag Danilovic Predrag Danilovic ... NBA kosarkas
Mirjana Djurdjevic Mirjana Djurdjevic ... Maskirna
Andrew Greenwood Andrew Greenwood ... Michael
Steve Agnew Steve Agnew ... Konzularni Sluzbenik
Danijel Nikolic Danijel Nikolic ... Policajac
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Swan is a lonely Serbian refugee in Belgrade. He hopes for a visa to follow his long-lost fiancée to Chicago, but winds up at the Happy Millennium dating agency. A warm romantic comedy with a twist.

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Serbian

Release Date:

19 September 2003 (Serbia and Montenegro) See more »

Also Known As:

Loving Glances See more »

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Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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Finally a warm film from the Balkans!
18 July 2004 | by astosicSee all my reviews

After a decade of really heavy, dark films, reflecting the turmoil of the breakup of Yugoslavia ("Lepa Sela", "Rane", "Bure Baruta aka Balkan Express", and "Tockovi"), FINALLY a reasonably light take on the aftermath of some of these events. As you follow Labud, a Serbian refugee from Krajina, in his attempts to find his girlfriend Vida, and as he gradually grows to love Romana, the girl he meets due to a mix up at the "Happy Millennium" dating agency, you get the idea that life needs to go on. No matter how politics and events have caught you up, like it or not, in their whirlwind, eventually you land.... not always on your feet, but you land. And then you have to get up, and get on with it. This isn't easy, and we see Labud and Romana both struggling with their new reality as refugees, and also with their memories and consciences, which Karanovic represents in humorous, tongue-in-cheek, and sometimes touching flashbacks of their thoughts: Labud's mom, always working on crossword puzzles; Romana's uptight sister, always critical; the hairdresser girlfriend Vida, almost always washing the same poor extra's hair... It was extremely well received at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival, as evidenced by the long applause and audience comments during Q/A with Karanovic. One thing stands out from its Toronto screening: When I was able to thank Karanovic for showing something positive (even uplifting), he smiled and said, "I want to show the world that we [the various peoples of ex-yugoslavia] all have lives, too". Easy to forget that if all you have to go by are oversimplified headlines and CNN reports. Creative casting, creative approach, and just something that should leave you feeling hopeful.


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