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This sprawling, exhausting, deeply moving Palme d’Or winner represents the pinnacle of Serbian director Emir Kusturica’s considerable abilities, and what is easily one of the best cinematic achievements of the 1990s. It encapsulates 50 turbulent years of Yugoslavian history, from the outbreak of World War II in the 1940s to the destruction of this once-great nation in the 1990s.
When we first meet Marko (Miki Manojlovic) and Blacky (Lazar Ristovski), it’s hard to take these jokers seriously. All they want to do is party their lives away. But the Nazi shelling…
In the tumultuous 1950’s, as Tito’s Yugoslavia resists the pressures of Stalinism, a young boy narrates the story of his family’s troubled world. Mesha (Miki Manojlovic), a minor party official in Yugoslavia has been sent away to the mines for fooling around with the voluptuous communist party official. The drama unfolds through the eyes of Mesha’s six year-old naïve son, Malik, who thinks Papa is away on business.