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In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

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During the Bosnian War, Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees. Their once promising connection has become ambiguous as their motives have changed.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ajla
... Danijel
... Nebojsa
Vanessa Glodjo ... Lejla
... Darko
... Aleksandar
Fedja Stukan ... Petar
... Hana
... Esma
... Mehmet
Boris Ler ... Tarik
... Mitar
... Vuc
... Durja
Jasna Beri ... Mejrema (as Jasna Ornela Bery)
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During the Bosnian War, the captive Bosnian Ajla is brought with other women to a Serbian barrack to serve the soldiers. The commander Danijel recognizes Ajla that he met in a night-club and wooed her and he discreetly protects her. They rekindle their love, but can they trust on each other? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Romance | War

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Rated R for war violence and atrocities including rape, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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16 February 2012 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

U zemlji krvi i meda  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,479, 30 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$303,877, 8 March 2012
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Shot back to back in two versions, one in English and the other in the native Serbo-Croatian. See more »

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Almost all uniforms, insignia, military equipment, weapons and vehicles of the Bosnian Serb Army shown in the movie, are completely inaccurate and never seen in the war in the former Yugoslavia. Whilst some wardrobe pieces (e.g. ranks and insignia) are fully imaginary items, most other military props are obviously of non-local origin (mostly came from former Soviet Block armies, notably Hungary, where most of the filming took place). Practically all of the shown 'Bosnian Serb' distinctive sleeve insignia, are actually from the surplus of The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Army and were, as such, never worn by Serbs in the Bosnian War. See more »

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Danijel: It's politics, not murder. The politics of all this are very complicated.
Ajla: It is murder... for political gain. But still murder.
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Featured in The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2012) See more »

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A Wish
Performed by Dado Jehan (as Dado Dzihan & Waves and Patterns)
© 2011 Varèse Sarabande
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Disjointed - doesn't engage the viewer
30 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is a well intentioned film about the Bosnian war but unfortunately it doesn't work that well. Despite the powerful message it wants to deliver it doesn't draw one into the story.

Firstly the good points. Angelina Jolie makes a good attempt and achieves a good on location feel. The battle and destruction scenes are quite effective - realistic not exaggerated. It is interesting to see the war from 2 sides with lead characters on both sides of the conflict.

The main problem is in the story and screenplay itself. Maybe Jolie was taking on too much by both directing and writing. There have been more main stream movies about the Balkan conflict eg Flowers for Sarajevo and Behind Enemy Lines. I understand she was trying to make a very Un Hollywood movie but maybe a bit of a more traditional dramatic narrative would have been more compelling. Continuity in the story is lacking as the story is broken up between the love and scenes of fighting and other brutalities. The romance is unconvincing. Needed some serious editing.

The main actress is good but the main actor is a bit cold. Their scenes together are awkward and painful to watch.

Overall feels schizophrenic, disjointed and self indulgent.


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