Serbian Film

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Overview

Filmmaker Srdjan Spasojevic pushes the boundaries of what can or should be shown onscreen in this violent and malignly erotic thriller. Milos Srdjan Todorovic was once a star in pornographic movies, well known for his ability to perform longer than any of his peers, but he gave up his career and now lives a quiet life with his wife and young son. Milos has been having serious money problems and wants to better provide for his family, so when an old friend tells him about a wealthy filmmaker who'd like to work ...
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Overview

Filmmaker Srdjan Spasojevic pushes the boundaries of what can or should be shown onscreen in this violent and malignly erotic thriller. Milos Srdjan Todorovic was once a star in pornographic movies, well known for his ability to perform longer than any of his peers, but he gave up his career and now lives a quiet life with his wife and young son. Milos has been having serious money problems and wants to better provide for his family, so when an old friend tells him about a wealthy filmmaker who'd like to work with him, he's willing to listen. Vukmir Sergej Trifunovic is a mysterious man who offers to pay Milos a huge sum to appear in his next film -- enough to support his family for life. Milos agrees, even though Vukmir won't tell him what the movie is about. Not long after Milos arrives on set, he realizes this will not be an ordinary porn film, and as he's dosed with drugs and led from one extreme of sex, violence, and human debasement to another, Milos becomes aware that his physical and emotional survival is being put to the ultimate test. Srpski Film aka A Serbian Film generated no small amount of controversy following its first American screenings at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Cinematic taboos are a part of the film language. They can be harsh. They can be unrepentant. They ebb and flow depending on societal changes -- and sometimes become a mockery of themselves. Taboos are broken regularly, yet a select few cinematic outings go further than just, say, killing a dog when every other movie wouldn't dare. There are movies that set out to shock and go so far as to make the viewer marinate in their murk. In every way, A Serbian Film is one of those films. If the movie had a smaller budget, no one would bother with it. The fact that the A Serbian Film was competently made speaks volumes as to why festivals took note of it, helping it to gain notoriety in the process. It is a complex tale of perversion that speaks of art, taste, and taboos in general. The film and its characters know how forbidden this material is -- and they confront it head-on. If you've heard of where the story takes the viewer, know that its explicitness ranges from incredibly graphic to implied in the most sober of manners -- which as it turns out, is both a blessing and a curse. To understand the above, viewers must know a bit of what they are in for with A Serbian Film. In it, a famous European sex star is given the opportunity to set his family up for life by appearing in a new porno whose secrecy is so tight that even he doesn't know what the plot is actually about. Once involved, he's privy to a secret world that gets its kicks from highly outlawed material. Soon, the man finds himself locked in a fever dream of aberration, where he himself will unknowingly break down the walls of decency all in the name of "art." These are the tall-tale nightmares that are whispered of -- and, if heard, are righteously purged from most memory banks soon after they are uttered. And what is art? One would have a hard time discussing A Serbian Film at length without bringing up that question. Not only does the picture take on that unanswerable issue, but its audience members are forced to reconcile their own feelings on the matter soon after watching it. The answer eventually lies with the viewer -- those most used to exploitation fare will do the best with the material. Again, it does help that there's a certain style to the piece -- which, if anything, actually cuts the shock value a bit since it's impossible not to forget that you are watching a piece of fiction. Not that the film needed faux-documentary shaky cam, but when one deliberately edits a film in a nonlinear fashion and fills it with over-the-top absurdity, that lends artificiality to the proceedings. That may well be a good thing. For as horrible as it is, there's never a moment that can be mistaken as reality. At its heart is a story -- a bleak story. One filled with heartbreak amidst unimaginable horror. It is nearly a film for no one. Many will argue it shouldn't have been made -- that those taboo boundaries should never be crossed. Yet its gonzo violence will undoubtedly speak to small pockets of purveyors of tasteless drive-in fare entertainment. A Serbian Film exists, awaiting the next taboo-breaker to take its place. It might have a world gunning for it, but it did what it set out to do. Right or wrong, terrible or just, muddled politics or not, it exists -- we can only hope its subject matter does not.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • UPC: 804879169994
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Invincible Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 18,160

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ana Sakic , Jeca's Mother
Srdjan Todorovic Milos,
Slobodan Bestic , Marko
Sergej Trifunovic Vukmir,
Jelena Gavrilovic Marija
Katarina Zutic , Lejla
Lena Bogdanovic Doctor
Luka Mijatovic Stefan
Andjela Nenadovic Jeca
Nenad Herakovic Guard 1
Carni Djeric Guard 2
Miodrag Krcmarik Rasa
Lidija Pletl Jeca's Grandmother
Tanja Divnic Lady Teacher
Narina Savic Prostitute
Natasa Miljus Woman Giving Birth
Technical Credits
Srdjan Spasojevic Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Nemanja Jovanov Cinematographer
Miroslav Lakobrija Special Effects
Nikola Pantelic Executive Producer, Production Manager
Nemanja Petrovic Production Designer
Aleksandar Protic Sound/Sound Designer
Aleksandar Radivojevic Screenwriter
Jasmina Sanader Costumes/Costume Designer
Darko Simic Editor
Dragoljub Vojnov Executive Producer
Sky Wikluh Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    I enjoy movies that are meant to shock, unsettle and disturb the

    I enjoy movies that are meant to shock, unsettle and disturb the viewer. I did not find this movie to be shocking or unsettling.
    This movie definitely does have a full arsenal of material that undoubtedly will accomplish those three for most viewers.
    For myself. I never was able to connect with the main character. I just did not get drawn into the film like I had hoped to truly experience the intent that the director states in his interview.  I found myself losing interest in watching this movie after my fourth time through. The movie does not have the gritty feel that I was hoping for and the shocking scenes never carried over their intended feel for me. It is a well written film and the acting from all individuals was believable and well done. Perhaps too well done as I never was able to view the characters as anything other than actors/actresses. 
    I am glad I purchased this film and watched it multiple times and would watch it again with any friend who had interest in seeing the film.
    It is a great movie for fans of this genre and I have no doubt they will enjoy the film, I enjoyed the film immensly, just not enough to rank it in my top 10 of shocking and disturbing films.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    i think it's absolutely hilarious nobody has reviewed this film

    i think it's absolutely hilarious nobody has reviewed this film yet, and the shameful part is that i fully understand why. this film robs you of any ability to articulate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

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    this film has a left a stain on my soul

    This film is well written, well shot and well acted. It is also the most deprived film I have ever seen and that is saying something. It made me question just what type of person I was for seeking it out, I suggest you read reviews online (like I did) well before you venture watching it, it's not for the faint.

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