Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
Yugoslavia’s turbulent political history of the last century is the background for this fresh, vibrant comedy-drama of absurd proportions. During the Second World War, two friends run an arms factory in an underground complex that houses their employees, all of whom are political refugees fleeing danger. One of the friends is injured and heads underground himself, while the other decides to keep the profits running smoothly and convinces the workers that the war is still going on long after it has ended. By 1961, he is still playing bogus air raid sirens and making up false reports, but eventually reality kicks in and his charade is up. Flash forward to the Balkan war in the early 90s and the story finally finds its incredible, heart-rending conclusion. Emir Kusturica’s truly inspiring epic, winner of the 1995 Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, is a beautiful collection of rowdy humour, powerful drama and a deeply felt emotional substance, written intelligently and brought to life by exceptional performances.
Story by Dusan Kovacevic, Screenplay by Emir Kusturica.
Cinematography by Vilko Filac.
Music by Goran Bregovic.
Costume Design by Nebojsa Lipanovic.
Film Editing by Branka Ceperac.