Srpski film [A Serbian Film] (2010)

Srpski Film is the first film by Srdjan Spasojevic, starring Srdjan Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic and Jelena Gavrilovic.

Milos (Srdjan Todorovic) was a big porn star a while ago. Now he’s retired and enjoys the family life with his wife Marja (Jelena Gavrilovic) and his son. But he is a little worried about money, so when his former co-worker Lejla (Katarina Zutic) approaches him to do an art movie, he agrees. Director Vukmir (Sergej Trifunovic) is delighted that Milos wants to be part of the film, but tells him that he won’t divulge the script to keep it real. Soon, Milos is pretty much trapped in hell.

Srpski film has caused much controversy already (sex, violence, gore, the combination thereof) and it’s definitely no easy movie. I’d only recommend it to people with a strong stomach – and then only hesitantly. I think the first half of the film was quite brilliant, but they lost me during the second half.

[Read on, but trust me – I can handle a lot, and I had my problems with this film. It really isn’t for the faint of heart. Also, SPOILERS!]

I have to admit, I don’t really know how to approach this film. I can do it from a completely unemotional place which sounds like this:

The first half of the film – where we get to know Milos and his family and are thrust into the utter weirdness that is the movie Vukmir makes – was really good. Well-acted, brilliantly paced, it just drew you right in. Then the movie takes a turn, for the gorier (starting with the now pretty famous baby raping scene), but also for the more ridiculous. Somewhere between the cattle aphrodisiac and the rape-and-beheading, they lost my suspension and all that was left was my disbelief. [Especially when it came to the dick-through-eye killing.]

The twist with Milos’ brother was pretty obvious, but the ending with the second film crew was not and it fit the rest of the movie well. And the special effects were mostly well done (except for some obviously-fake cocks).

Or I could approach the film on a more emotional basis which sounds like this:

Ewwwww-ew-ew-ew-ew-sob-what the fuck? Why the hell didn’t I turn this off yet?

And it doesn’t really get any more coherent than that.

The movie had a lot of impact, that’s for sure. But I’m pretty certain that I could have done without that impact.

Summarising: Watch at your own risk.

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