A Serbian Film (18)
Starring: Srdjan Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic
Friday 10 December 2010
Ordeal cinema presents its latest test, and it might be the toughest yet. What annoys about Srdjan Spasojevic's tale of sadistic torture is that it's pretty well made, evoking shades of David Lynch at his darkest.
Srdjan Todorovic plays Milos, a former porn star- turned-family guy who still watches his old movies. Strapped for cash since retiring, he agrees to meet with a porn impresario (Sergej Trifunovic) offering an inconceivable fee for a mystery job. "Are you sure he's not an arms dealer?" asks Milos's wife. More like the Devil, probably, and too late does Milos realise he's made a terrible pact: waking from a nightmarish three-day black-out, soaked in blood, he tries to piece together what horrors he may have committed. For those who don't wish to know the result, look away now, and perhaps forever. Imagine being drugged and coerced into raping somebody: who in all the world would you least want that somebody to be? The director Spasojevic claims that the film is an allegory on Serbia's recent history of genocide and atrocity, though a film that was actually about that history could conjure no more elaborate fiendishness than this does.
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?
Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
Lucy, film review: Scarlett Johansson will blow your mind in Luc Besson's complex thriller
JK Rowling pens new Harry Potter story on Pottermore: Introducing 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbuck
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians