7.2/10
498
4 user 6 critic

Besa (2009)

At the very beginning of the World War I, Filip, a Serb and the principal of a gymnasium in a small Serbian town, is summoned urgently to Belgrade to serve in the war effort. He has no one ... See full summary »

Director:

Srdjan Karanovic
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Thriller

A loyal Italian father enlists the mafia to protect his family from a ruthless Albanian crime boss bent on avenging his own son's accidental murder, sparking a New York City mob war that only one father can win.

Director: Cecil Chambers
Stars: Peter Greene, Chazz Palminteri, Federico Castelluccio
Besa (TV Series 2018)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Uros Peric is a small business man from Belgrade. He kills a daughter of an Albanian mob boss in a car accident. In order to save his family, he is forced to commit crimes for the mafia.

Stars: Radivoje Bukvic, Arben Bajraktaraj, Milos Timotijevic
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Nikola is a man who knows how to really enjoy life; he's even able to rouse sympathy for his sinful ways. His brother turns a blind eye to his philandering although, with a broken marriage ... See full summary »

Director: Rajko Grlic
Stars: Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Bojan Navojec, Ksenija Marinkovic
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This movie, based in part on the popular novel, tells two tales about modern women. One is Stefica Cvek, average and lonely girl who is desperately trying to find the man of her dreams. The... See full summary »

Director: Rajko Grlic
Stars: Gorica Popovic, Vitomira Loncar, Bogdan Diklic
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A story set in the former Yugoslavia and centered on a guy who returns to Herzegovina from Germany with plenty of cash and hopes for a good new life.

Director: Danis Tanovic
Stars: Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Mira Furlan, Boris Ler
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In order to regain custody of her daughter, whom she left in the care of her fortune-telling aunt, Mona must tell a social worker her story. The tale she spins---and the movie we watch---is... See full summary »

Director: Szabolcs Hajdu
Stars: Orsolya Török-Illyés, Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu
Der Räuber (2010)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A story based on Johann Rettenberger, an Austrian marathon runner and a bank robber.

Director: Benjamin Heisenberg
Stars: Andreas Lust, Markus Schleinzer, Roman Kettner
Lost and Found (TV Short 2008)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A magical tale of friendship and loneliness, which tells the story of a little boy who one day finds a penguin on his doorstep. Although at first he is unsure what to do, the boy becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Hunt
Stars: Jim Broadbent
Karaula (2006)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A small border post on the Yugoslav-Albanian border in the spring of 1987. Frustrated and always drunk, lieutenant Pasic feels a strange pain in his groins. He seeks help from the only ... See full summary »

Director: Rajko Grlic
Stars: Toni Gojanovic, Sergej Trifunovic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic
Posoki (2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Multiple stories of taxi drivers while they work one night.

Director: Stephan Komandarev
Stars: Haralan Alexandrov, Dimitar Banenkin, Vasil Banov
Dalida (2016)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Based on the true story of acclaimed music icon "Dalida" born in Cairo, who gained celebrity in the 50s, singing in French, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, German, Italian, playing in awarded ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Azuelos
Stars: Sveva Alviti, Riccardo Scamarcio, Jean-Paul Rouve
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Leslie Howard, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Azem (as Miki Manojlovic)
Iva Krajnc Iva Krajnc ... Lea
Radivoje Bukvic ... Porucnik Jevrem
Nebojsa Dugalic ... Filip
Ana Kostovska Ana Kostovska ... Uciteljica
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Péter Ferenc Péter Ferenc ... Mita (as Ferenc Péter)
Slobodan Filipovic Slobodan Filipovic ... Gendarme
Radivoj Knezevic Radivoj Knezevic
Nikola Krneta Nikola Krneta ... Soldier
Jovo Maksic Jovo Maksic ... Mane
Edit

Storyline

At the very beginning of the World War I, Filip, a Serb and the principal of a gymnasium in a small Serbian town, is summoned urgently to Belgrade to serve in the war effort. He has no one to leave his wife Lea with. She is a young and pretty Slovenian woman, a teacher of rhythmics and dance he met while studying in Western Europe. Azem, an illiterate, patriarchal Albanian, the school custodian, gives Filip his solemn oath, his 'Besa' (in the Albanian tradition: when someone gives their word which must be kept even if they lose their life in the process) that he would look after Lea and see to it that nothing happened to her. Two Europeans, from two entirely different cultures and habits are forced to an awkward cohabitation in the empty school. While the war rages in the background and gets menacingly closer, their interaction develops from hatred, through intolerance, to tolerance and an unusual friendship. Circumstances gradually draw Lea and Azem, a Christian woman and a Muslim ... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

one word title | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Slovenia]

Country:

Serbia | Slovenia | France | Hungary | Croatia

Language:

Serbian | Albanian | Slovenian | German

Release Date:

2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Besa - Az adott szó See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Official submission of Serbia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

powerful
1 August 2016 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

a story of survive. a story of love. and a word. a beautiful film about Balkans and about traditions. fresco of a small world feelings. and the impact of war. Besa is one of films who has the science to discover the roots of its stories. and the roots are more important than the events because the rhythm, the force of gestures, the nuances of dialogues, the expectation, the slow definition of each new moment are only reflection of a long past who remains the only certitude. a powerful pledge about the beauty of insignificant details . a relation. and its grow up. two different cultures. and the common purpose. the film gives a special form of poetry .the poetry of rooms and gestures, words and a form of captivity, friendship and love. the well known emotions are new forms. and the film becomes more than portrait of a case but instrument to understand the manner to discover life from Balkans.


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed