Quo vadis, Aida? (2020)

Quo vadis, Aida?
Director: Jasmila Zbanic
Writer: Jasmila Zbanic
Cast: Jasna Djuricic, Izudin Bajrovic, Boris Ler, Dino Bajrovic, Johan Heldenbergh, Raymond Thiry, Boris Isakovic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Reinout Bussemaker, Teun Luijkx
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 25.10.2020

Content Note: genocide

Plot:
Aida (Jasna Djuricic) is a translator for the UN in Bosnia, Srebrenica to be exact. The Serbian army, led by General Ratko Mladic (Boris Isakovic), has been approaching the town and the Bosnian people are trying to find shelter in the UN camp. But the camp doesn’t have the proper resources to deal with that many people and camp leader Colonel Karremans (Johan Heldenbergh) is asking in vain for help. Meanwhile in that chaos Aida tries everything to get her husband and two sons to safety somehow.

Quo vadis, Aida? is an intense film that left me bawling my eyes out. Great performances and a great angle for the story make this film an unforgettable testament of the atrocities committed in Srebrenica.

The film poster showing a hall filled with people, sitting on the floor. IN the front a cutout of Aida (Jasna Djuricic) can be seen, with her hand in front of her mouth.
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Last Christmas (2019)

Last Christmas
Director: Paul Feig
Writer: Emma Thompson, Bryony Kimmings
Based on: the Wham! song (kinda)
Cast: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Emma Thompson, Boris Isakovic, Patti LuPone, Sue Perkins, Lydia Leonard
Seen on: 16.11.2019

Plot:
Kate (Emilia Clarke) works as an elf in an all-year Christmas story run by Santa (Michelle Yeoh). She dreams of being a singer, but spends most of her time drinking, having random hook-ups and generally being a little flaky. She’s also technically homeless and distances herself from her family. That’s when she meets Tom (Henry Golding). She feels drawn to him, even though she also thinks he’s weird and she’s a little put off by his goody two shoes nature. But their connection is nevertheless undeniable.

Last Christmas is rather cute until it jumps the shark. I mean, it’s still enjoyable thanks to Clarke and Golding, but the big reveal did have me facepalming. A lot.

The film poster showing Kate (Emilia Clarke) and Tom (Henry Golding) on a park bench.
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Dobra zena [A Good Wife] (2016)

Dobra zena
Director: Mirjana Karanovic
Writer: Mirjana Karanovic, Stevan Filipovic, Darko Lungulov
Cast: Mirjana Karanovic, Boris Isakovic, Jasna Djuricic, Bojan Navojec, Hristina Popovic, Vlado Kerosevic, Ksenija Marinkovic, Isidora Simijonovic, Jovan Belobrkovic, Ermin Bravo
Seen on: 3.10.2016

Plot:
Milena (Mirjana Karanovic) and Vlada (Boris Isakovic) have been married for a while, their children are grown, their life is well established. But Milena gets shaken out of her complacency when doctors find a lump in her breast and she finds proof at home that Vlada committed war crimes during the Balkan War. Questioning the very foundations of her life and the possibilities of her future, Milena will have to make some tough decisions.

The Good Wife tackles many different issues and none of them are light. But it does manage to stay on top of them and not be overwhelmed by its own gravity, making it a very engaging, interesting film with important things to say.

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