A Serbian Film

Srdjan Spasojevic, Serbia, 2010, 104 min.

fNow, as I said before, I don’t mind dark, dirty, horrifying films. And this film has those qualities in spades. It’s the story of a retired porn star who is hired for one last job that will get him enough money to leave the business for good.

What gets me about this film is that the director portrays the subject matter with complete seriousness, but the whole thing is so absurd that it is comedic. As the film trudged on and on, with its darkness, pounding music, and urgent acting, it just became funnier and funnier. This can’t be real, can it? People can’t take this seriously, right? I found myself laughing a few times. When the main character attempts to cut off his penis and then jumps out the window instead. When he uses it as a weapon. When the porn-film director lies bleeding on the floor screaming “Now that’s cinema!”. Etc. Etc.

If you watch it for social commentary you will disappointed. If you watch it to be shocked and titillated, then you are probably not a great human being. If you watch it as a comedy, laughing at how absurd and over-the-top it gets while the films takes itself seriously, then you may be entertained.

trophyThis film wins the award “Most Over-the-top Sequence” for the absurd part of the movie where the main character retraces his steps to find the horrifying (read: comedic) events that transpired while he blacked out.

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