A Serbian Film Review

A Serbian Film (2010)

Starring: Srdjan Todorovic, Sergej Trifuniovic, Katarina Zutic
Directed by: Srdjan Spasojevic

The Premise

An ex-pornstar is thrust into a downward spiral of depravity and debauchery when an offer to produce an art film quickly turns into something much, much different and more sinister.

The First Stitches

The movie begins with outside a nightclub as a couple quickly exit and begin, well, screwing like rabbits. It cuts to a young boy staring, doe-eyed. We see he is holding a movie case, "Milosh the Filthy Stud", just as the shot cuts back to the the tv he was watching. Milos and wife, Maria, soon enter. Maria ends the movie and taked the boy to a different room. Milos turns the video back on for a moment of nostalgia.

The scene cuts to Milos at an outdoor restaurant, sipping a whiskey as the woman from the video, Laylah, scolds him for taking in too much, as it kills sexual appetite. As the two catch up, conversing of an offer to produce a film that will pay enough to keep Milos's young son Petar set for life, they are interrupted by a tall gent in white who turns out to be Milos's brother, Marko, as well as a fan of Laylah's. She soon departs, leaving Milos to think about the offer.

Later that night, Milos and Maria talk about the offer Laylah presented as they watch one of his previous movies. Soon into the film, Milos gives Maria a taste of his "acting" - something he apparently has never treated her to. The next morning, Milos is peovided a ride to the director, Vukmir's estate to seal the deal.

Mending the Seams

Plot: First things first, this movie's story is fucked. I'm talking if Boogie Nights, 8mm and Spun had a three-way meth baby, it would grow up as this movie's slightly tamer friend from down the block. All the way to the very end, A Serbian Film will either keep you morbidly entranced or physically ill as the violence and perversion ramps up with each passing minute. And what makes this movie so interesting is just beyond halfway through, near the beginning of the third act, the story is presented in the way of flashbacks due to...perhaps, you should probably watch it to find out, yeah?

Whoa! Slow down, Milos! We've a bit more to talk about first...
Characters: Every character in this movie was intriguing, to say the least. The main characters, particularly Milos, Vukmir and Rasa (Srdjan Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic and Miodrag Krcmarik, respectively), will keep you glued to the screen as you wonder what they will do or go through next, but the real performance lies in the unnamed supporting characters. Starting from the scene where the "doctor" does a shoot with Milos, the emotional level of the women involved with the shoots seems to bounce between fear, ecstasy and pure bat shit crazy. And there's one supporting character that will make you cringe without needing to do much at all (see below).
Setting/Atmosphere: Much of the film is set in a home for abandoned and orphaned children. That alone sets the level of disturbing to the overall feel of the movie. Coupled with fantastic cinematography,  A Serbian Film gets an A+ for doing it right.

Creepy fucking kid. Creepy fucking room.
Special Effects: I felt the effects in this movie were top notch. While I must say, I didn't exactly enjoy seeing what I saw, I cannot deny the production team did a fantastic job making these scenes seem as lifelike as possible, which makes the final 20 minutes of this movie THAT much more cringe-worthy. The machete scene definitely showcased a very good blending of practicals with CG effects.
Music/Audio: The quality of work put into getting the right tracks and audio effects for this movie most definitely shows. As I mentioned before in my Celebrity Cameo post, I don't care for dubstep, techno or any other form of electro-type music, but I really loved the soundtrack to this movie. For the sound effects, they tied in perfectly with the special effects. That machete scene I just mentioned? Perfect example.

The Binding Stitch

I'm sure some will disagree with me, but I feel this movie is art visualized. In all its disgusting and revolting glory, it works to move you; make you feel something beyond just "uncomfortable". This movie isn't just about deviant porn, but about the darkest underbelly of society where you can't tell the visionaries from the villains until it's too late for yourself and perhaps even anyone who may be close to you. What keeps it rooted in reality is that much of what happens in the movie could actually happen in real life. This is a movie that sets itself apart from other films like The Human Centipede and Hostel in that it's not just torture porn, it's a deeply demented trip with a damn good storyline.

A Serbian Film is not for everyone. Hell, it's probably not for most people. If the movies just mentioned above were tough for you to handle then this one will kick you in the junk and just walk away. Watch at your own risk, but be advised, you might enjoy it a lot more than you want to.

...she couldn't handle it.

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