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Shadows (2007)

Senki (original title)
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The son of a reputable physician struggles to live up to other people's expectations of him.

Director:

Milcho Manchevski
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Borce Nacev Borce Nacev ... Dr Lazar Perkov
Vesna Stanojevska Vesna Stanojevska ... Menka
Sabina Ajrula Sabina Ajrula ... Dr. Vera Perkova (as Sabina Ajrula-Tozija)
Salaetin Bilal Salaetin Bilal ... Gerasim
Ratka Radmanovic Ratka Radmanovic ... Kalina
Filareta Atanasova Filareta Atanasova ... Gordana
Dime Ilijev Dime Ilijev ... Ignjat Perkov
Petar Mircevski Petar Mircevski ... Blagojce
Vladimir Jacev Vladimir Jacev ... Siskin
Goce Vlahov Goce Vlahov ... Professor Kokale
Ana Kostovska Ana Kostovska ... Radmila
Zaklina Stefkovska Zaklina Stefkovska ... Paca
Izabela Novotni Izabela Novotni ... Izabela
Ilko Stefanovski Ilko Stefanovski ... Dr Karpuzovski
Vanja Radmilovic Vanja Radmilovic ... Ivana
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Storyline

If we were to choose one man who's got everything going for him, then Lazar Perkov would be an excellent choice. He is young, good-looking, has a beautiful wife, lovely little boy, great house and a good job as a hospital physician. In fact, everyone calls him Lucky. Nothing's missing - except maybe Lucky himself. When Lucky is involved in a disastrous car crash and mysteriously saved from a sure death, his life begins to change... (written and directed by Milcho Manchevski, with Borce Nacev, Vesna Stanojevska, Vladimir Jacev, Sabina Ajrula... Toronto International Film Festival 2007)

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Sometimes the dead speak louder than the living


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Language:

Macedonian

Release Date:

2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadows See more »

Filming Locations:

Saramzalino, Macedonia See more »

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Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Macedonia's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »

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Disappointing
7 April 2008 | by lucianghitaSee all my reviews

I am very disappointed after watching Manchevski's film this evening. I came to the screening with his masterpiece "Before the Rain" in mind but some of the elements that struck me most about the film were endlessly recycled imageries of death/memory/temporal boundaries, exoticized depictions of landscape, identity and cultural otherness, tautological and often overstated motifs of death and desire, which literally drown the spectator into a sea of clichéd, old-fashioned psychological thriller formulas. Don't get me wrong, I like films which foreground their rich, highly-tuned semiotic texture and which interweave symbolic structures skilfully and compellingly. But here this twofold directorial temptation towards the symbolic and the literal doesn't quite pay off cinematically. The music is great, some of the montage is also powerful, the initial spatio-temporal build-up promising, but the film never quite takes off for me. The surreal, nightmarish, ghostly presences that populate the screen and Lazar's troubled mind amount, in my opinion, to some of the interesting cinematic effects of the film.


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