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The Blacks (2009)

Crnci (original title)
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Looking for the enemy, they found it where nobody expected - in themselves.
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Cast overview:
Ivo Gregurevic ... Ivo
Kresimir Mikic ... Barisic
Franjo Dijak Franjo Dijak ... Franjo
Rakan Rushaidat Rakan Rushaidat ... Darko
Emir Hadzihafizbegovic ... Bosanac
Niksa Butijer Niksa Butijer ... Saran
Stjepan Pete Stjepan Pete ... File
Sasa Anocic Sasa Anocic ... Diler
Zivko Anocic Zivko Anocic ... Tiho
Bojana Ordinacev Bojana Ordinacev ... Serbian Reporter (voice)
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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 Juric Tilic

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Crime | Drama | War

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Country:

Croatia

Language:

Croatian

Release Date:

3 February 2010 (Croatia) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Croatia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011. See more »

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Fighting the "war inside" after the "war outside" is over
16 November 2009 | by medocomSee all my reviews

The movie was heavily promoted over different channels in the Ljubljana film festival 2009, so the tickets were sold out long before screening, hence there was high expectations involved for that movie. Sadly many were not reached. Since the movie begins on the end and then travels back in time for one day to give as an explanation of what happened, the suspense or anticipations is probably deliberately, removed to give more space to character build up. Now that the war is "over", every member of the special unit has to wage the war with inner daemons of guilt of what they were doing during the war and the mistakes they made, that got them to these situation. The idea was good, but we all saw it many times before. The pragmatic general politician persuading the on-the-field general to stop the "dirty" operations since there is ceasefire, failed marriage, the junkie realizing that dope will not wash away the guilt, the rookie with his secret, saddened brother, the they-were-cold hearted-bustards-as-well tape. The movie should be cathartic and we should wash our since thru the characters, but it leaves us unaffected and we understand what happened even before the flash back in time starts explaining the "complexity" of their problem. Everybody suffers in war, you loose your humanity and you can't cry it back on the end. Good people die bad people die guilty people die innocent die and on the end there is cease-fire but the real peace comes when all involved are dead and the emblems of the squads are just one of the collectibles items non different then football badges.


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