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This comedy of the absurd is set in the Nazi puppet Independent State of Croatia (NDH) during World War II. The hero, Ljiljan is a young peasant poet who joins the Partisan movement just before it falls apart, abandoned by its leader Tito. The last remaining hope for resisting Nazism is to assassinate Hitler. Ljiljan's task is to write a song that will allow his Partisan band to infiltrate the inner sanctum of the SS - by entering an SS talent show. If they win the competition, they will be invited to perform before Hitler and the NDH's high command. This is a satirical coming-of-age tale with a difference, capturing the craziness, comedy and horror of war in the Balkans.
Croatian movies lack humour, but I had high expectations on this one, since it's trailer was very promising. Unfortunately, the trailer has most of the best parts from the film. Can't say there aren't many (often verbal or written) jokes in the film, but they didn't make me laugh, just put a mild smile on my face or more often "I got this one" reaction. I mean - I can't say the film is bad, far from that - but it's hard to say it's good either. Some actors are great, usual Croatian problem of actors behaving like they are acting in a theater is not present, camera is OK, but I expected more from humour after I've seen trailer. People who aren't from former Yugoslavia will hardly get half of the jokes in the film, since they are local, and there are many small details that have to be noticed. So to summ it up - after watching the film for the first time I was not positive about it, but I watched it once again the day-two after, because I wanted to see some scenes again.
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