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No One's Son (2008)

Niciji sin (original title)
Ivan, a 36-year old ex-rock singer and a disillusioned war veteran who lost both legs in the recent Croatian Homeland War, discovers a dark family secret, which fundamentally changes his life he now wants to end.

Director:

Arsen A. Ostojic

Writers:

Mate Matisic (play), Mate Matisic
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alen Liveric Alen Liveric ... Ivan
Mustafa Nadarevic ... Izidor
Biserka Ipsa Biserka Ipsa ... Ana
Zdenko Jelcic Zdenko Jelcic ... Simo
Goran Grgic Goran Grgic ... Inspektor
Daria Lorenci Daria Lorenci ... Marta
Niksa Mrksic Niksa Mrksic ... Josip
Drazen Kuhn Drazen Kuhn ... Stipe
Slaven Knezovic Slaven Knezovic ... Mika
Inge Appelt Inge Appelt ... Simova sestra
Vjenceslav Kapural Vjenceslav Kapural ... Susjed
Alen Salinovic Alen Salinovic ... Branko
Djordje Kukuljica Djordje Kukuljica ... Portir
Luka Peros ... Policajac
Nebojsa Borojevic Nebojsa Borojevic ... Izbjeglica
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Storyline

Ivan is a 36-year old ex-rock singer and a disillusioned war veteran who lost both legs in the recent Croatian Homeland War. His father, Izidor, was a well-known political prisoner in the former Yugoslavia, and is now standing as an independent candidate for the Croatian Parliament. Then a face from the past re-appears: an impoverished Serbian refugee called Simo, who has recently returned to the town. As an ex-communist official, Simo imprisoned Izidor decades ago. He knows certain facts about Izidor that could destroy his reputation and wreck his political campaign. Simo demands money, in return for his silence and he also has a secret rendezvous with Ivan's mother, Ana. Soon a long-buried secret surfaces once more - with huge repercussions for Ivan. He starts to provoke hard-line Croatians by singing Serbian nationalistic songs, daring them to kill him. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Croatia | Slovenia

Language:

Croatian

Release Date:

8 January 2009 (Croatia) See more »

Also Known As:

Niczyj syn See more »

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2.35 : 1
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27 December 2018 | by ropukileSee all my reviews

Throughout the years I've seen comments that considered the film worse than the director's first and third film. However, I find that undeserved and this film to be equivalently strong. It simply kept me interested all the way. Unlike what I've seen some critics say, I enjoyed that the tragic situations weren't attempted to be lightened by some comedic elements but instead stayed closer to aspects that can be found in tragedies from antiquity. As the protagonist questions his identity (played nicely by the main actor), we can be inspired to question some of our own beliefs, which is the best thing I can ask from a film.


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