Milos (Srdjan Todorovic) is a retired adult film star leading a normal family life with his wife Maria (Jelena Gavrilovic) and six-year old son Petar in tumultuous Serbia trying to make ends meet. Aware of his problems Layla (Katarina Zutic) a former co-star introduces Milos to Vukmir (Sergej Trifunovic) a mysterious menacing and politically powerful figure in the adult film business who wants Milos to star in his latest project and is willing to pay him a fee that will provide financial support to Milos and his family for the rest of their lives. The only condition... is that Milos signs a contract insisting on his absolute unawareness of the scripted scenes they are about to shoot. Encouraged by his wife to accept the job Milos turns up for the first day of shooting and is immediately drawn into a maelstrom of unbelievable cruelty and mayhem devised by his employer the 'director' of his destiny. It soon becomes apparent that Vukmir and his crew will stop at nothing to complete his insane vision. The only way for Milos to escape the living cinematic hell he's entered and to save his family life is to sacrifice everything to Vukmir's art - his pride his morality his sanity and maybe even his own life. [show more]
A Serbian Film was panned by the majority of UK film critics as being trashy, exploitative and ugly. This contreversial film caused political uproar in its native country, Serbia (as the title suggests) and this did not go unnoticed. The BBFC gave the film an '18' rating and in doing so cut almost 5 mins of the film.
No doubt this has all added to the noteriety of the film which I feel is well on its way to becoming a future cult classic.
The plot centres around ex-pornstar and family man, Milos (a haunting Srdjan Todorovic) who is running low on cash and receives an offer he cannot refuse from an enthusiastic, self-proclaimed 'artist' Vukmir. However Milos senses all is not right with his new employers.
What ensues will either have you vomiting or gripped in morbid fascination. A Serbian Film is highly divisive, and this is not surprise considering it deals with such taboos as paedophillia, necrophillia, rape, physical abuse to name but a few.
The makers of the film have described it as being a satire; an allegory of modern day Serbia; a nation that as seen war, violence, genocide, ethnic tensions and political upheaval over the last 20 years. Not once did I find what I was watching absurd or ridiculous in fact I found the movie to be a very literal representation of how those up-above (politicians, police, religious leaders) can really mess with our heads.
The film is shot beautifully, has some really impressive make-up effects and in terms of the script and direction is at times very reminiscent of the noirish productions of David Lynch aka Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire. Vukmir, played with over-the-top gusto by Sergej Trifunovic, is given some of the films choice lines.
A Serbian Film depicts a revolting, nightmarish modern society that bravely takes a look at how depraved we as humans can be and for this I have to give director Srdjan Spasojevic kudos. Beware, this film is not for the fainthearted but do not be swayed by the negative reviews, A Serbian Film is a rewarding if challenging experience and I can guarantee it's not a film that you are likely to forget in a hurry.
Shock Value: 10/10
Future Cult Classic Status: 9/10 (the UNCUT version is already in demand!)
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