A homophobic, middle-aged, Serbian gangster ends up sacrificing himself to protect Gay freedom in his country. RADMILO (35) and MIRKO (30) are young and successful gay couple, and they ...
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A homophobic, middle-aged, Serbian gangster ends up sacrificing himself to protect Gay freedom in his country. RADMILO (35) and MIRKO (30) are young and successful gay couple, and they would be a happy couple anywhere else except in - Serbia. They try to live discreetly but still, every day they are abused by the homophobic majority. Plus, Mirko is a gay rights activist, and his dream is to organize the first successful PRIDE event in Belgrade. This is almost a "mission impossible"; in 2001, an attempt to hold PRIDE in Belgrade ended up in bloodshed. One decade later, the situation is not much better - nationalist and neo-Nazi organizations prepare another massacre in case of holding the gay parade, while the police refuse to provide protection for the participants. A strange couple arrives in Radmilo's and Mirko's life - LEMON (45) an ex criminal and war veteran, the owner of a small security company and his fiance - PEARL (30) a beauty parlor owner. Radmilo, a successful ...Written by
When watching a movie Parade for the first time, you're not quite sure whether to laugh or to cry. Everyone in the hall laughed for a full 80 minutes and then all speechless and filled the room just sounds of the great fight scene, as a culmination of the conflict of two cultural ways of thinking. And after that, some in the audience were crying. I tried not to listen to comments of others because even I could say something bad and good about this movie and I wanted to focus my thoughts of others. Movies of acclaimed director Srdjan Dragojevic someone has to watch more than once if he want to see all the layers of stories and meanings are very important details that director intelligent runs. This movie should not be watched with prejudice on LGBT population in Serbia, because these prejudices really can not not overlook the viewer final attitude on this topic. I think that we should discuss this movie in 10 years from another angle on political and historical situation in Serbia, and than say is it good or bad movie, because it is not so simple in this moment. Complains that the film is full of clichés, and it was too easy in dealing with major problems are stupid. I think that this movie hasn't a philosophical background, the idea is to entertain and warn what can happen if we as society don't find a solution for interpersonal relationships. If this movie was just drama genre, nobody would go to watch it, because people like Dragjevic's style pleasing the audience. Of course not all who oppose the right of gay people to have their parade are hooligans and neo-Nazis as not all gay people are fine and well-meaning and feeble, but this movie does not deal with that environment, but completely opposite sides. So i don't think that this movie is Anti-Serbian, because in every place in this world you will find people like these characters, and if someone abroad will think that Serbs are mean and evil and uncivilized - after this movie, he is idiot, because even if you show the Serbs as a great and funny with many virtues, they will not like it because of the previous 20 years of media's brainwashing. If someone asked me, as the average citizen, I am not for the parade but I'm not in that gay people beating down the street. So thats not the problem with this movie. Main problem with this film is that whole scene of Parade in 2009 is fictional and it had never happen, but when you see documentary shots from Pride in 2010 after that, you can think, if you are not familiar with the events in Serbia, that it really happened too, and that the Serbs killed someone as Mirko in the parade. This film may be missing for another 10 minutes to fill some holes in the illogic of connecting scenes, which is the likely cause of the reduction of the film but it does not matter much follow the story, especially if you watch it for the second time. What bothers me is that the author is supposed to remain objective and to the side at the level of idea, regardless of the story, but the inscriptions on the end of the film chosen for his position. I have to commend the masterfully role of Goran Jevtic (MIRKO) and Hristina Popovic (PEARL), and as always in a handful of great episodic characters in Srdjan's films. Each honor for bravery in playing with themes and I think this movie is a metaphor for 'parade of society' that should be ashamed that we are where we are today.
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