Director: Srdjan Spasojevic
Starring: Srdjan Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic, Jelena Gavrilovic
More info: IMDb
Tagline: Not all films have a happy ending.
Plot: In Serbia, the retired porn star Milos is married with his beloved wife Marija and they have a little son, Peter, that is their pride and joy. The family is facing financial difficulties but out of the blue, Milos is contacted by the porn actress Lejla that offers him a job opportunity in an art film. Milos is introduced to the director Vukmir that offers a millionaire contract to Milos to act in a film. However, Vukmir neither show the screenplay nor tell the story to Milos. Milos discusses the proposal with Marija and he signs the contract. But soon he finds that Vukmir and his crew are involved in some SICK FUCKING SHIT and they're making it increasingly difficult for him to back out.
My rating: 8.5/10
Will I watch it again? YEAH!
MAJOR FUCKING SICK-AS-SHIT SPOILERS!!!! DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU PLAN TO NEVER SEE THIS MOVIE OR WANT TO REMAIN FRIENDS WITH ME!!!
OK. Good. You're here. I've been hearing for a year how brutal this flick is, that it's one of the most repugnant films of the past two decades, that it goes where no other film has dared. Now those are some bold fucking claims, right? This is what I've been fed for a year so naturally my expectations and the anticipation is through the roof and you can see how I'm a little jaded and how I was left stunned that it didn't affect me as many led me to believe it would. I only know one person from my daily around town acquaintances that had seen it and she's been begging me to watch it. She loves the hardcore shit, the more fucked up the better, and she's disturbed by it...but somehow watching it twice. I know the shit she digs and for something to fuck her up like this has GOT to be all kinds of messed up.
Let's get to the picture or let's just get to the fucked up parts. For my money, the most disturbing shit came relatively early (maybe halfway through) when a man removes a baby from a pregnant woman (through natural childbirthing means, as you would in a hospital), slaps the baby's ass and then...fucks it. The screams of the baby are horrendous. I'm getting skeeved-out just thinking about it. How could it get worse? The mother looks on approvingly with a smile! That's the most fucked up thing I've ever seen in a movie. Ever. But wait, there's more.
There's a scene where Milos (keep in mind from this point to the end he's drugged up and being controlled) is fucking a woman doggie style and he's asked to hit her. His slapping her back soon turns to punches. Then someone hands him a machete and is told to hit her with that. He makes a few swings, removing her head. He continues to fuck the shit out of her decapitated body. But wait, there's more.
Near the end of the film there are two bodies lying prone and face down on a bed. Their bodies are covered with sheets and there are hoods on their heads. Milos fucks the larger of the two and then moves over to the smaller one. (I suspect you can see where this is going - we did) As he's mid-deed, a masked man stands next to him and fucks the larger one. When it feels like enough time has passed, one of the crew (of the film crew in the movie filming everything I've talked about) removes this guy's hood to reveal it's Milos's brother. They smile at each other. Then the hood comes off of the person the brother's fucking and it's Milos's wife. But wait, there's more.
Milos keeps fucking (the drugs play a large role, see) but he's clearly distraught. They remove the hood from the person he's fucking and it's his son. But wait, there's more.
Understandably, Milos goes bugnuts insane and gets very violent and kills the guy that's running the show. He might have killed some others but my mind was a fucked up and twisted mess at this point. He takes his wife and son home, lays them in bed with he and his wife facing inward toward each other with the son in the middle, takes a large caliber hand gun, reaches around his wife's back with the pistol pointing toward himself and pulls the trigger. It's positioned so the bullet goes through the three of them, killing them all simultaneously. But wait, there's more.
The camera stays on them for a couple of beats before pulling back to reveal two cameras on tripods, each with a man behind them, and one man directing. He tells one of the cameramen (who is already walking toward the bed, unzipping his trousers) to start with the small one. End...of...film.
That...was some fucked up shit right there. Wow. I'm beside myself. It's disturbing, sure, but it wasn't as bad as I had been led to believe. I'm not sure how this will hold up on repeat viewings. It's not like this is going to suddenly become my new Christmas tradition movie or anything but I am keen to give this one another spin someday. A SERBIAN FILM has a ton of shock value. It's the kind of shock that dares anyone to top it. I can respect that only because it's actually a competently made picture. If it weren't, it would be very easy to dismiss it as pure trash. I'm sandwiching this review between two Disney animated films for two reasons: 1) it makes me laugh at the absurdity of it all and 2) I kind of needed something on the extreme opposite of the movie spectrum to bring my ass back to normalcy. Well, at least a little closer to it.
There is a cut version and an uncut version. If you're ever going to see this, you're going to want to see the uncut version. You might as well go full fucked up rather than half fucked up. Either way, you'll probably be able to stand tall and prepare for some fun when someone asks you what the most fucked up movie you ever saw was. At least for the time being, you'll be able to proudly (or shamefully) say, A SERBIAN FILM. Gee, I hope I didn't lose any friends over this.