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Metastases (2009)

Metastaze (original title)
Four neighborhood friends in modern-day Zagreb struggle to get along as their relationships are plagued by alcohol, drugs, hooliganism, crime and their country's past.

Director:

Branko Schmidt

Writers:

Ivo Balenovic (novel), Ognjen Svilicic
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rene Bitorajac ... Krpa
Franjo Dijak Franjo Dijak ... Filip
Robert Ugrina ... Kizo
Rakan Rushaidat Rakan Rushaidat ... Dejo
Ivo Gregurevic ... Filipov otac
Ljiljana Bogojevic Ljiljana Bogojevic ... Filipova majka
Daria Lorenci Daria Lorenci ... Milica
Jadranka Djokic Jadranka Djokic ... Krpina zena
Ksenija Marinkovic Ksenija Marinkovic ... Kizina majka
Predrag 'Predjo' Vusovic Predrag 'Predjo' Vusovic ... Dejin otac
Franjo Jurcec Franjo Jurcec ... Krpin susjed Miro
Vera Zima Vera Zima ... Teta Zora
Emir Hadzihafizbegovic ... Reuf
Ivan Brkic Ivan Brkic ... Tetak Brane
Elvedin Tiro Elvedin Tiro ... Diler Mirza
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Eliciting images of cancer, this drama explores the illnesses that plague modern Croatia. Four young junkies in Zagreb maturing in the wake of war reflect the petty hatreds, violence, prejudices and mood hanging over the country like a disease that spreads with no cure in sight. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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Crime | Drama

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It is set in 1999, ten years after the events of Zg80 (2016). See more »

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Spun-off from ZG80 (2016) See more »

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Superb work from Croatia worth grand scene
1 July 2009 | by decadent_sympoziumSee all my reviews

As far as known, the Croatian film budgets go below tolerable. Likewise, if staying in Croatia, they can hardly produce anything other than war and drama movies in old fashion. Now comes Metastasis in form of believable drama script with modern elements, modern directing and great cast. In short, Metastasis can be described as Croatian "Generation X" or "Trainspotting". Should you acknowledge that, this movie gains impressive amount of depth.

The book-based plot follows four younger middle-aged men in a somewhat shorter period of time - putting you in the middle of their lives near their personal peak, but teaches you about their past through conversations. The massive plus is an incredible amount of realism, or better say - it is 100% realistic. Those who live in Croatia, specially Zagreb, and experience harder life can truly identify completely with the movie, but even those who don't can recognize the problem this movie grapples with power and offers to the viewer.

There are three major successful factors that bring this movie above average - the acting performance led by ingenious presentation from Rene Bitorajac playing Krpa (a mop), one of four main characters (out of whom all four design rich but realistic company pretty much exactly like those in real life), the brutally real, dynamic and creative dialogs that can be without single doubt literally copy-pasted into life and in no way polished or "movie-like" (note that it's impossible to properly translate them into English, for example, although it's possible to get pretty close), and the selected number of social problems in Croatia all vividly presented as they are and familiar to majority. In some way, by going international the movie might not get as much applause as it should, but among those who can relate to the content, it truly is a masterpiece.

The leading of scenario is in range of modern storytelling and grants familiar but effective feeling of going the right direction. A number of twists, neither unreal, push the movie going, and execution of several scenes leaves powerful mental imprint.

To put it simple, if Croatia was USA, this movie would go into Oscar selection. A must see.


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Croatian | Bosnian

Release Date:

30 March 2009 (Croatia) See more »

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