Review of A Serbian Film (2010)

6 Nov

A Serbian Film (2010) is a Serbian (no shit!) shocksploitation/horror/thriller film, which has been called, amongst other things, the most controversial and disturbing film ever made.

Directed by Srdjan Spasojevic and this is his directorial debut.

Written by Aleksandar Radivojevic (Tears for Sale (2008)) and Srdjan Spasojevic.

Starring: Srdjan Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic, Jelena Gavrilovic, Slobodan Bestic and others.

I guess I should start by addressing the controversy surrounding the film. It is on one hand understandable, because it is a pretty damn graphic and sick movie. On the other hand, it seems that these people who claim it to be the most this and that are born yesterday, which would restrict them from seeing other exploitation films. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely think its release should be very limited, however, this is not the first movie with scenes of graphic rape and violence. Then again, it is full of disturbing shit and probably shouldn’t be seen by anyone.

And my main problem with this movie, is its exploitative content really serving no purpose. I have come to expect this kind of movies to contain some underlying message or at least to be darkly comedic in its over-the-top approach. The author insists that it is a commentary on how Serbian people are being raped by the government, I call bullshit on this allegory, because the only thing that suggests something like that is the title of the movie, which sadly associates the film’s content with the nation. And you can basically interpret anything as an allegory for anything else. So all this pseudo-subtext is really just for the film’s apologists to have something to defend their enjoyment of it with.

But while it’s certainly not a film that should’ve ever been made, from a technical standpoint it is a very well made movie. For a genre film it has a really nice looking cinematography. It is also put together very professionally. All this makes it feel more like a very grotesque art film, than a gritty exploitation film. It is nice to look at, but not so great to actually watch.

Some of the parts were unnecessary, like when Milosh watches the videotapes in the forest and there’s the infamous „newborn porn”  scene’s guy going on again with his sick endeavours, which contribute nothing to the plot. Speaking of „newborn porn”, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that term, I think maybe because there’s really not a big market for that in real life. At least I hope there isn’t.

I didn’t feel particularly disturbed by any of the sick stuff. I guess that doesn’t say anything good about me as a person. Ok, the ending part went a little too far and is hard to watch mostly because you know what the main character does not. I didn’t feel like turning away at any point, although there is enough to make a lot of people turn away and cry in the shower.

At the end it reaches into the over-the-top territory, when [Spoiler Alert!] Milosh stabs a guy with his dick and then goes into improbability, when Milosh somehow figures a bullet will go through two bodies, killing 3 people with one shot.

The acting was also pretty decent and convincing. Srdjan Todorovic is good as an aging porn-star Milosh or as I kept referring to him in my mind by a title of one of his pornos „Milosh the Filthy Stud”. Other actors are good as well in portraying all these disgusting characters.

So yeah, I’m not sure what to say about this film. It is well made, but it’s written in unnecessarily crude fashion by obviously disturbed people. I can’t really recommend it to anyone. Maybe with the exception of curious desensitized bastards, who want to know what’s all the fuss about, like me. Although no, still don’t watch it.

Who wouldn't trust this face?

2 Responses to “Review of A Serbian Film (2010)”

  1. Aloha Mister Hand March 20, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    I love this movie for some strange reason. Everything you said was spot on, though, especially how well shot it was 🙂 Good job

    • karlails March 20, 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Thanks, yeah, technically it’s quite impressive.

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