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Two years after the Bosnian war, a town that is slowly rebuilding itself must whip together a democracy when it's announced the U.S. President Bill Clinton might be paying a visit.

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Pjer Zalica

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Enis Beslagic Enis Beslagic ... Faruk
Bogdan Diklic ... Zaim
Sasa Petrovic Sasa Petrovic ... Husnija
Izudin Bajrovic Izudin Bajrovic ... Mugdim
Jasna Zalica ... Hitka
Senad Basic Senad Basic ... Velija
Admir Glamocak Admir Glamocak ... Hamdo
Emir Hadzihafizbegovic ... Stanko
Fedja Stukan Fedja Stukan ... Adnan
Gordana Boban Gordana Boban ... Prevodilica
Aleksandar Seksan Aleksandar Seksan ... Pic
Hubert Kramar Hubert Kramar ... Supervizor
Almir Cehajic Almir Cehajic ... Osman (as Almir Cehajic-Batko)
Ana Vilenica Ana Vilenica ... Azra
Amra Kapidzic Amra Kapidzic ... Amra
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In the Bosnian town of Tesanj, not long after the Balkan war, land mines claim victims, corruption is rampant, women are trafficked into Serbia, but there's a sort of peace. Zaim, the retired police chief, has alcoholic visions of his dead son Adnan, whose body's missing. Adnan's siblings, Faruk and Azra, watch their father's decline. It's announced that President Clinton will pay Tesanj a visit to see the new harmony. Whores are hidden from sight, Serbs are trucked in to integrate the neighborhood; the children's choir learns "House of the Rising Sun." Meanwhile, Faruk wants to sort out his brother's death to bring some peace to his house. Can it work out? Irony is everywhere. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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28 April 2004 (France) See more »

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Great movie! Winner of Silver Leopard award at this year's Locarno film festival!
3 September 2003 | by cradle_abSee all my reviews

This bittersweet comedy is set in a tiny, rustic village where Serbs and Muslims still carry memories of war, where arms caches continue to be uncovered and an uneasy peace reigns.

The town has a mayor, but a gangster and a cop really rule the roost. Cocky, lank-haired operator Velija owns the local brothel - controlling imported girls by confiscating their passports - and illegally runs Kurdish and Chinese people into Croatia for a tidy profit. The local chief of police provides Velija's business with protection in return for a healthy cut. International inspectors are trying to re-educate - and foster harmony among - the local fire brigade of Serbs and Muslims; things work after a fashion, but hatreds run deep - returning Serbs are shunned and verbal abuse is commonplace.

Everything changes, though, with the announcement that Bill Clinton will be visiting their village in the next few days. Crime has to be swept under the carpet and a false, but clean, facade must be erected.

With its wonderful mix of gently farcical elements reminiscent of so many great Yugoslav films of previous eras (Milos Forman's The Firemen's Ball also comes to mind), Zalica's portrait of post-war Bosnia is loving, but brutally honest. His ironic eye poignantly registers tragedy all around - most notably in the moving portrait of the former police chief, Zaim, who mourns the adult son he lost in the war. When Zaim digs his gun out of the garden and sets off to settle scores on the eve of the President's visit, drama is imminent.

Fuse is a remarkable work about a catastrophic legacy, told with humour and an unerring sense of the irrational, very real tragedy of the Bosnian war.


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