A Serbian Film (2010) (MVD Release Review)

A Serbian Film (2010) (MVD Release Review)

📅04 November 2011, 05:47

Still, probably going to hell for watching this one!

A Serbian Film (2010)
Directed By: Srdjan Spasojevic
Where to get it: MVD

The Prologue
When I first watched and talked about A Serbian Film back in September of last year, I think it’s safe to say I overreacted a bit. Hell, perhaps I over stepped what I should have said a whole lot. In the closing moments of this film I was soo shocked by what I had saw and so somewhat disturbed by it that I went on a “Roger Ebert” style rant, detesting everything about this film. I even went as far as to say that outside two really shocking scenes that this film didn’t bring anything else to the table. Now as MVD releases an official DVD and Blu-ray for this highly controversial film, and having watched it again, I think I can now say that I was very wrong in that statement. YES, there is a lot of ugly in this film and it’s a hard watch in spots, but there is also an odd art form to this film that I just didn’t get last year when I first saw this movie. But, I think now I finally get it.

The Movie
Milos, a retired porn star, leads a normal family life with his wife and son in tumultuous Serbia. A sudden call from his former colleague will change everything. A leading role in a new production will provide financial support to Milos and his family for the rest of their lives. A contract insists on his absolute unawareness of a script they will shoot. The director and his cohorts will stop at nothing to complete his vision. In order to escape the living cinematic hell he’s put into, and save his family’s life, Milos will have to sacrifice everything.

I’ll give this movie credit for the unique plot! I think it’s an interesting plot. Even if it gets lost in the shuffle a bit, more on that later. Also being set around a former porn star, you should know ahead of time that you will see very strange sexual acts that you may not actually want to see throughout the film. So while there’s really just two scenes and the closing words to the film that push it over the point of no return in a moral sense (and both have been heavily edited here as far as the scenes go), there’s some pretty twisted stuff happening on screen before that, that people not use to shocking films might have issues with. But, that was actually somewhat the point. Apparently in that country there are strict laws against things you can and can’t do in a film, this was the bug “F you” to that. This was a fact I was missing when I first covered this.

While it packs a punch in the moral sense, I felt the drama and interest level of the film kinda wavers from time to time, as shock is put before good story telling and gets lost in the fold and hardly returns. One must remember when making a film, no matter how shocking, to not lose track of the plot and the storytelling. I think this film skips that aspect at times and it does hurt the film overall. Boogie Nights was a story of a porn star but it had a great plot to work with, there was more than just a man with a very large penis on screen. This film at times seems like Boogie Nights from hell, minus a truly coherent plot! And yes, I still think now that those areas needed work. There is a plot, but I don’t think the focus is on it enough. There’s more mind tripping things going on than things holding the plot together. However, so may like that better. Perhaps I’m just weird, but I do like a little more actual plot. A little method to the madness, if I must use an old school phrase to describe it.

Let me now get back to the main issue a lot of folks had with this film and how those things effect this particular release by MVD. In the 100% full uncut version of this film, there are two scenes in particular that made me actually say I wish I could un-watch the film. Those comments, I admit now, were really out of line. I was shocked, it was shocking stuff, so give me a break. That being said, if I may get back to a previous point I’ve already brought up, those two scenes are heavily edited here. This film is unrated, but not uncut. These cuts pretty much render one of the two scenes to nothing, and perhaps from a moral standpoint that is OK. The second cut might make you feel a lot better about watching a movie like this as things are implied but not shown. But that also causes the ending portion of the film to be a little confusing to those who have no clue what happens in the original version. So, perhaps with that being the case (and I think you know what I’m talking about without me saying), it’s a buyers beware. If you take issue with that, you might take issue with this version. Then again, if that part was a little too much for you to deal with, you might actually like this cut better.


The Conclusion
So, regardless of if you are a fan of this film, a hater of it, or a recently back-tracker like myself, who admits he was originally wrong, this is still a good overall version of the film. Some things ARE cut, but the film looks outstanding on the screen, so we must give MVD credit for that. If you can avoid the mistake I originally made and see through some of the madness to the point (which is hard to spot due to more madness taking way over plot), you could probably appreciate this film, or dare I even say, LIKE it. Still, with the cuts, it may be a hard watch for the more weaker of heart film watcher.

The Rainng (7/10)

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