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The impact of a selfless deed of benevolence and heroism right in the middle of the raging Bosnian war inextricably intertwines the lives of five people who are still affected by its consequences, over a decade later.
War. A city under the siege. The truce has been recently signed, and the squad known as the 'Blacks', who used to do the dirty jobs, needs to be disbanded. Ivo, the squad commander who has lost three of his soldiers, prepares the action to retrieve their dead bodies from the forest and, despite the ceasefire, blow up the dam, thus causing a great damage to the enemy: The survived members of the squad, tortured by their personal doubts and guilt, move into action. On the battlefield, they find the enemy they are searching for is in the place they least expect - inside themselves.Written by
Very good drama depicting the dark side of the Croatian War for Independence
This psychological drama set during the Croatian War for Independence depicts a squadron of Croatian soldiers designated for special tasks. It is revered by critics as the first Croatian movie that depicts some of the brutal aspects of the war without ideological embellishment. Along with ˝Paviljon 22˝, a documentary on illegal torture of Serbian civilians, this movie has helped raise awareness of the more darker side of the Croatian involvement in this conflict.
Although the plot evolves slowly and without much conversation between the characters, film directors Zvonimir Juric and Goran Devic keep the viewer in suspense while they experience the turmoil inside the soldiers played by some of Croatia's best actors.
The movie won awards on a number of film festivals including three prizes on Arena Film Festival 2009 in Pula, Croatia, the Belgrade Auteur Film Festival, Belgrade 2009, Cottbus International Film Festival, Cottbus 2009, Ljubljana International Film Festival, Ljubljana 2009 and Crossing Europe FF, Linz 2010.
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