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A SERBIAN FILM

2011ís gross out movie du jour, a profoundly vile and repellent compendium of sexual sadism with political overtones. Well made, but the potential audience is limited, to say the least!

The Package
     To call 2010ís A SERBIAN FILM (SRPSKI FILM) controversial would be an understatement. Right now itís barely a year old yet is already banned in several countries and the focus of a high profile lawsuit in its native land. Edited versions were released in the US, the UK and Australia, and itís doubtful the film will ever play in its intended form in any of those countries.

The Story
     Porn star Milos has retired from the business to spend time with his wife and young son. One day he gets a proposition to star in a new avant-garde production for an outrageous sum of money. Milos is told nothing about the film in advance; as outlined by Vukmir, the filmís pretentious director, Milos will have to wear an earpiece through which heíll receive instructions on what to do. Milos is understandably apprehensive about the offer, but goes through with it anyway.
     The first dayís filming sees Milos led to a hospital for abandoned children where he witnesses a violent confrontation between a teenage girl and her mother; later he gets sucked off by a sexy nurse while watching videos of girls eating ice cream bars. The following dayís filming is more sadistic, with Milos getting his cock bitten during fellatio by a whore who Vukmir encourages Milos to beat up, all in plain view of a teen girl seated nearby.
     Milos decides heís had enough, and informs Vukmir heís quitting the production. In an inexplicable effort to convince Milos to stay, Vukmir screens an excerpt from a new kind of film heís working on: newborn porn! From there things really get weird...
     Milos awakens in his home, covered in blood. Attempting to piece together what brought him to this state, he heads back to Vukmirís mansion, assailed by dark visions involving rape and unbelievable brutality. Milos discovers a pile of videos, which show that he was injected with some kind of fuck drug by Vukmir that turned Milos into a depraved psychopath who performed several unspeakable acts of sexual sadismÖacts that come to involve his own wife and son.

The Direction
     For a low budget Serbian film to create as much trouble as this one has, its makers must be doing something right. Director Srdjan Spasojevic claims the film is a political allegory about life in Serbia; the filmís most notorious scene, depicting a newborn infant pulled from its motherís womb and fucked (all fake of course, and one of the few instances in which Spasojevic shows restraint), is apparently meant to symbolize what Serbians experience at the hands of their leaders.
     The film has the look of a trashy straight-to-video gorefest, which actually intensifies its impact. In many respects a trashy straight-to-video gorefest is exactly what it is, yet with a genuinely envelope-pushing--nay, shredding--succession of atrocities that place it in a category of its own.
     Srdjan Spasojevicís considerable talent is evident in the nerve-jangling mood of horrific anticipation suffusing the early scenes, and the intensity is maintained as the proceedings grow increasingly gruesome. Whether Spasojevic is justified in going as far as he does remains an open question. Iíll say this for the film: it is very likely the last word in so-called torture porn, as after A SERBIAN FILM there really arenít many taboos left to shatter.
 

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A SERBIAN FILM (SRPSKI FILM)
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Director: Srdjan Spasojevic
Producer: Srdjan Spasojevic
Screenplay: Aleksandar Radivojevil, Srdjan Spasojevic
Cinematography: Nemanja Jovanov
Editing: Darko Simic
Cast: Srdjan Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic, Jelena Gavrilovic, Katarina Zutic, Slobodan Bestic, Ana Sakic, Lena Bogdanovic, Luka Mijatovic, Andela Nenadovic
 

     

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