A SERBIAN FILM

A SERBIAN FILM-Serbia-104 Mins. 2010

A-Serbian-Film-Movie-Poster-horror-movies-26582629-1200-1690

Srdjan Todorovic as Milos in A Serbian Film

Srdjan Todorovic as Milos in A Serbian Film

Sergej Trifunovic as Vukmir in A Serbian Film

Sergej Trifunovic as Vukmir in A Serbian Film

Directed by Srdjan Spasojevic

Screenplay by Aleksandar Radivojevic and Srdjan Spasojevic

I watched A Serbian Film early Sunday morning. This seems to be a good time to watch movies. Everyone is asleep and I can put my headphones on and drink beer and enjoy the movie. Enjoy; enjoy is a strong word and an erroneous one to use when it comes to A Serbian Film. Its 6:29 on Sunday morning and I am still trying to process what I saw.

A Serbian Film tears me down the middle. On one hand I find it to be offensive, brutal, sadistic and misogynistic filmmaking. On the other, I see it as brilliant, horrifying and unflinching on all levels. Is it art? Is it pornography? Is it a simulated snuff film? I believe the answer to all of those questions would be a resounding yes…and no. It is all and nothing of the three. It’s a masterpiece that will assault your senses and make you long for a steaming shower.

At the beginning of the film a six year-old boy sits on a couch watching a pornographic video. It’s no surprise that the child is seeing this; the actor in the film is his father, Milos, a now semi-retired porn actor in his homeland of Serbia. From conversation heard throughout the film we learn that  Milos was a legend in blue cinema due to his ability to not only make himself erect without stimulation but also to keep erect and to seemingly never tire of endless fornication. Think Dirk Diggler with a foreign accent. Milos is concerned about his son seeing his films. His wife Marija is also concerned; she is also aware that their financial future is an uncertain one. When Milos is propositioned by former co-star Lejla to make one more film for Vukmir, an independent, ‘visionary’ pornographer and is offered an amount of money that will keep his family financially secure for the rest of their lives it is a hard offer to pass up. Vukmir wants him in his film for his gifted appendage and tells him nothing about the plot. This would normally be the time that any person with common sense would say ‘thanks, but no thanks’ and then walk away. Milos accepts, however, and soon comes to regret his decision in ways that he could have never imagined.

I expected A Serbian Film to be brutal and bloody and it is. I knew before I watched the film that there would be one particular scene involving the rape of a newborn and there is; although thankfully it appears the part has been edited for viewing here in the United States. A Serbian Film has elements of snuff, child pornography, bestiality, rape, self-mutilation, necrophilia and murder. There is decapitation, asphyxiation by fellating, bludgeoning. Despite these things I cannot deny that it is an expertly crafted piece of cinema. Srdjan Todorovic and Sergej Trifunovic are fantastic in their roles as Milos and Vukmir. The film unfolds its brutality slowly, adding more blood, more gore and more depravity from one scene to the next.

Ultimately, despite the fact that I praise A Serbian Film I cannot in good conscience recommend it. I find myself so torn by the film that I’m not giving it the traditional 0 to 5 blood drops that I use as my system of rating. What I will say is that if and when you do decide to watch A Serbian Film then know this: you may love it or you may hate it; there is absolutely no possibility that you will forget it, ever.

TRIVIA

Holds a record of 19 minutes of cuts in the United States in order to achieve an NC-17 rating.

Banned in Norway on account of sexual representation of children and extreme violence in a fictional medium. One of the few modern day movies to be banned in the country since Ichi The Killer (2001)_ and Grotesque (2009).

The film was banned in Brazil but was supposed to be legally screened for the first time in the city of Maceió, Alagoas on a special Cine Sesi dawn screening in October 1, 2011; However, the company was forbidden to exhibit it by a legal action only a day before the screening.

Shot in 61 days in locations of Belgrade, Serbia.

Srdjan Todorovic also appears in Black Cat, White Cat and Underground.

Sergej Trifunovic also appears in Next and When I Grow Up, I’ll Be a Kangaroo.

Jelena Gavrilovic (Marija) also appears in Cat Run and Human Zoo.

Katarina Zutic (Lejla) also appears in Sky Hook and The Robbery of the Third Reich.

About these ads

About Written in Blood

I was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on March 4, 1962. I guess that makes me old, but I certainly don't feel that way. I still play video games and listen to rock and roll music. I love movies, especially horror films. I have a beautiful wife who is my all time best friend. She supports me in everything I do. More importantly, she calls me out on my bullshit. This blog is dedicated to her for everything she's done for me.
This entry was posted in 2010's Horror Films, Movies and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to A SERBIAN FILM

  1. jesus says:

    Brilliant movie.10out of 10 stars.just amazing filmaking.

  2. … and now I know not to try this one. I had no idea it was THAT brutal. I’d heard good things.

  3. Beer Movie says:

    Really well written and thought out review of a film that I will certainly never watch. Many bonus points for drinking beer whilst watching a movie at 6am.

    • jmount43 says:

      After seeing A Serbian Film I felt like I needed a bottle of whiskey instead of a can or two of Natural Light. There are unwritten limitations in all horror movies and this film broke every one of them.

      • Beer Movie says:

        Ugh sounds terrible. Except for the whisky. But seriously, props to you. You managed to articulate your thoughts on the film really well. Which I can imagine is not at all easy.

        • jmount43 says:

          Beer, I have has this film in my head all day and all of the night and have been talking non-stop about it with my wife, which is not easy since she’s smart enough to not want to hear about it but understanding enough that she knows I need to vent.

  4. jjames36 says:

    Sounds …. perplexing. I’m honestly not sure whether or not this is my kind of flick. Perhaps my curiosity will be enough to make me seek it out. I don’t know.

    • jmount43 says:

      I saw it at FYE and wanted to buy it due to what I heard about it. I finally did buy and it took me three days to build up the nerve to finally watch it.It is easily one of the most disturbing motion pictures I have ever seen and I have seen some disturbing ones. Thanks for commenting as usual, j.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s