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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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Vanessa Glodjo ...
Lejla
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Darko
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Aleksandar
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Petar
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Hana
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Esma
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Mehmet
Boris Ler ...
Tarik
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Mitar
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Vuc
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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)  »

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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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In preparation for filming her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, about the Bosnian War, Angelina Jolie watched the multiple award-winning Bosnian war film, Remake (2003), based on a true, autobiographical story of famous screenwriter Zlatko Topcic. See more »

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The Russian made RPG 7 used to fire on the U.N. aid convoy has no warhead on it. As such it would be unable to fire. 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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Towards The Unknown
by Gabriel Yared
Conducted by Jeff Atmajian
© 2011 Varèse Sarabande
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Just plain bad movie
2 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

After watching this movie, all that I can say is that Angelina should not try to direct again. The movie is bad on so many levels, but it's the directing that clearly failed the most.

First, the few positives about the movie. Casting is solid, actors do a decent job even with the awful script they had, but they clearly struggle to act in English. Camera work is solid, every now and then we see an interesting shot.

Now, the negatives that are too many to number. The script is god damn awful, many times it makes no sense at all. It's trying to portray complexities of the main characters, but does it in a horribly cheesy and uninspiring way. Making this kind of war drama that braids the story of few characters with the broader context of war is very hard, but when done successfully, it has resulted in some of the world's most memorable movies. This is not one of them. It starts with a good idea, but then it fails in so many ways. First, it is horribly historically inaccurate and I don't mean just in the way that Serbs are wearing Hungarian throwback uniforms (because Bosnian authorities angered with insulting script have kicked the Angelina's crew out of Bosnia and the movie had to be shot in Hungary) or the wrong color of Yugoslavian passports, or the wrong weaponry which is used the wrong way, or the wrong number of reported war victims mentioned in the movie, etc. Movie manages to go into whole new, almost metaphysical level of historical inaccuracy. For instance, every Serb that we see in the movie (that we know is a Serb) wears a uniform. There is not a single Serb civilian in the whole movie. Even at the start, when two main characters go on a date, the Serb is wearing his police uniform. My god Angelina, do you know that policeman are not allowed to wear uniforms off duty? And what cop would want to go on a date wearing his beat uniform? Somewhere around the half movie finally manages to pick up a little and establish some sort of narrative flow, which is why I won't give it 1/10. But even that little good about it gets ruined by the end. Since this was supposed to be a spin on the old Romeo and Juliette tale, it made a lot of sense to finish the story in the similar way, but no, Angelina opted for the least logical ending possible.


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