The Drudgeon reviews A Serbian Film

A Serbian Filmaka Srpski Film (Original Title)
104 min., 2010
Written by Aleksandar Radivojevic/Srdjan Spasojevic
Directed by Srdjan Spasojevic
Language: Serbian
My rating: ★★★★★

BANNED!!!  I don’t understand why.

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So Miloš (Srđan Todorović) is a porn star, a highly liked one that is able to get hard in a second without seeing or touching, and he is able to stay hard for a crazy long time, who has moved on to a normal family life.  He’s happy with his wife, Marija (Jelena Gavrilović) and six year old son Petar (can’t find his name), but hard times are upon his family when an old colleague, Lejla (Katarina Žutić) approaches him about a new director, Vukmir Vukmir (Sergej Trifunović) who is doing more than just ordinary porn.  Miloš goes to see Vukmir to see exactly what this new type of porn is.  While talking, Miloš learns nothing about what the script is about and whom he will be working with, but the amount of money that is being offered is (pretty much) impossible to pass up.  He shows up on the first day at an abandoned orphanage with two men, cameras in hand, following his every move.  Miloš sees a young girl, Jeca (Anđela Nenadović), on some stairs when her mother comes up to her yelling at her.  A little later a nurse brings him into a room and while she is giving him head, videos of Jeca appear behind her.  What is this new type of porn that Vukmir is talking about being art?  Will Miloš be able to keep is family together no matter how far down this dark tunnel he travels?

The acting surprised me in the movie.  A lot of banned movies usually have pretty bad acting but this one actually has pretty good acting.  Srđan Todorović is great (for the most part) with his range of expression, especially his repulsion to the numerous things that he remembers doing and to things that he is shown.  His only real downfall is when he has to show sadness.  He seems to be able to do every other emotion except sadness.  Instead of looking really sad, he just looks bored.  Does it take away from the movie?  Not really, because he doesn’t get sad until the end and by that time if you don’t like the movie it won’t matter and if you do like it and are pulled into the craziness then it still doesn’t matter.  The boy that plays Petar (if you can find the actors name please fill me in) is actually really great.  Most child actors are just crap, but this kid can actually act, especially when he is pretty much catatonic.  He has a completely hollow look in his eyes that most adult actors can’t get close to reaching.  Now my favorite actor in the movie is Sergej Trifunović.  He plays an artistic director that thinks his shit doesn’t stink perfectly.  During a scene where a woman gives birth to a baby girl and then a man proceeds to have sex with the baby, he is filled with so much pride for creating a new genre of porn, that you are almost excited with him (that is until you snap back into reality and realize how fucked up that is).

The effects are great in this movie.  The amount of detail that they put into every scene is awesome.  Most movies will gloss over the very minor details of a scene and hope that your eyes will be on something else, but this one takes the whole frame into consideration and leaves nothing open.  Then again without some of the effects being in place you wouldn’t feel the same emotion.  Example is when Petar is getting raped and after a little bit of time blood appears between his legs and then more.  Most movies (if they would even go this far) would have shown a little blood and not come back to it again.  But in reality the blood wouldn’t stop flowing and these guys want you to know exactly how much damage Miloš is doing.  On the other side of the coin are the prosthetic penis shots.  They are pretty poor, but nothing to really take you out of the movie.  Just don’t get me started on the skull-fucking scene.  I found it really pointless (other than someone saying “wouldn’t it be cool if”).  Then again they touch on pretty much every type of sex in this movie.  Let’s go down the list.  Consensual, rape, incest, necrophilia, pedophilia, masturbation, role-playing, straight, gay, three-way, bestiality, four-way, drugged, oral, anal, and the list goes on, but let’s not forget the newest craze, Newborn Porn!

In a movie with so much controversy behind it, I was expecting a big let down.  Most of the banned movies that I watch, I just don’t understand why it’s being banned and really this is no exception.  After watching it I was thinking that I understood why it was banned and yes it deals with some very heavy things and they are shown in very graphic detail, but what everyone tends to forget is that IT’S JUST A MOVIE!  None of this stuff actually happened.  They are actors playing roles and no one was actually raped or hurt.  Now this movie is not for everyone (very few actually), but it’s something that I can guarantee that you haven’t seen before.  Some of the stuff has been talked about and suggested at in other movies, but never shown like this.  It’s beautifully shot and the use of the camera is really top notch, but watch at your own risk and don’t bitch to me about it being too harsh or that it should be banned, because it is just a movie and not real life.

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I don't remember my real name or where I came from. All I know is that I'm traped in an underground cave with nothing but a TV, DVD player and a notebook and pen. They keep calling me The Drudgeon, I don't even know what that means. Someone keeps dropping horror movies in and yelling at me to watch them and write about what I watch. Then I eat the DVD and case, because they tell me if I consume the horror I will understand the horror. I think there are three of them. So if you are reading this right now, HELP ME!!!!!!! OUCH!!!! Someone just poked me with a sea urchin attacked to a pool cue, what the fuck is going on?
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4 Responses to The Drudgeon reviews A Serbian Film

  1. John Bruni says:

    I’m disappointed that I didn’t get the chance to watch this with you guys. It sounds like a hell of a movie. Although . . . prosthetic dicks? That sounds kind of lame. If you’re going to do a balls-to-the-wall kind of movie like this, then you should just have the guts to show a real cock.

  2. Lackey says:

    It was banned because of Vukmir Vukmir. That’s twice as much Vukmir than most people can handle.

    For the American remake: David Spade as Milos, Tim Roth as Marko, Quentin Tarantino as Vukmir. Danny Trejo as the cameraman/flunky who films himself while Milos is unconscious–you know the one I’m talking about.

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