Balkan! Balkan! (1994)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 117 min.  |   Countries - France, Hungary, Turkey  |  
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This spritely Romanian drama centers around the life of a 17-year-old boy living in a culturally mixed town beside the Danube in the latter 19th century. The town is called Braila; it is filled with an interesting mixture of Greeks, Turks, and Romanians; they have lived together for years. Young Dragomir, the film's protagonist, is a vain fellow who for years has observed his free-spirited mother and sister as they played in large orgies. His father and older brother were never there to witness the shenanigans. When the father did return, he would often beat his wife and daughter. After one such beating, his mother lost an eye. For revenge, Drogomire and his sister Kyra hire a hitman to kill their father and older brother. Only the brother gets murdered. Fearing for their lives, the little family leaves town. They are soon separated. Kyra is sold into prostitution and Dragomir finds himself drawn to Codin, a dashing, charismatic fellow who is also a serial killer. The two young men get involved although it is not clear whether they were sexually linked. They consider themselves "blood brothers."

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abuse, spouse, cross-cultural-relations, extramarital-affair, hitman, orgy, prostitute/prostitution, revenge, serial-killer, spouse-abuse