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An Ordinary Man (2017)

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A war criminal in hiding forms a relationship with his only connection to the outside world, his maid.


Brad Silberling


Brad Silberling





Credited cast:
Ben Kingsley ... The General
Hera Hilmar ... Tanja
Peter Serafinowicz ... Miro
Robert Blythe Robert Blythe ... Grocer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bojan Bajcetic Bojan Bajcetic ... Street Lieutenant
Slavisa Curovic Slavisa Curovic ... Police Officer 4
Vladimir Cvejic Vladimir Cvejic ... Conductor
Bojan Hlisc Bojan Hlisc ... Police Officer #1
Milorad Kapor ... Policeman
Edmund Kingsley ... ER Intern
Igor Kovacevic Igor Kovacevic ... 7 Year Old Boy
Aleksandar Lazic Aleksandar Lazic ... Salesman
Miodrag Milovanov Miodrag Milovanov ... Kiosk Owner
Mladen Nikolic Mladen Nikolic ... Passenger
Slobodan 'Boda' Ninkovic Slobodan 'Boda' Ninkovic ... Hall Manager


A war criminal in hiding forms a relationship with his only connection to the outside world, his maid.

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Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some nudity, and brief violence. | See all certifications »

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Serbia | USA



Release Date:

13 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Siradan Bir Adam See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sir Ben Kingsley starred in the similarly-titled A Common Man (2013). See more »

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4 October 2017 | by notom-23012See all my reviews

Ben Kingsley plays 'The General', a War Criminal in some unstated country hiding from those who would prosecute him for his crimes.

His only normal human contact is that of his 'maid' (Hera Hilmar) - an, initially, reluctant participant in the relationship.

Kingsley plays his part with equal indifference and suppressed savagery - though no explicit details are given of his 'atrocities' - you become quickly convinced that this is a creature capable of committing them.

Hilmars' portrayal of a person bound by circumstance is equally ambivalent. Initially repulsed by The General, a tenuous connection rears it's head.

There's very little in the way of 'action' during the entire film - this is not a film about actions, but about the consequences.

Watching he interplay between 'The General' and 'The Maid' is both fascinating and morbid - like watching a car crash in slow motion.

I heartily recommend this film for fans of Kingsley - but if you're expecting an action packed, explosion driven extravaganza of the more modern genre, you'll be disappointed. Hera Hilmar too, plays her part with a subtlety that shows the depth of her acting experience.

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