Dezerter (1994)

Run Time - 118 min.  |   Countries - Yugoslavia  |  
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In the palmy springtime of their youth before war tears the former Yugoslavia apart, Aleksa and Pavie (Rados Bajic and Rade Serbedzjia) were buddies, despite the fact that they were in love with the same woman. War has come, and Aleksa is now a major, sent back to Belgrade to get some rest and to court-martial a soldier who killed a civilian woman. There he runs into Pavie, who has a girl child in tow. Their old friendship keeps Aleksa from turning Pavie in as a deserter. He is shocked when he is told that the girl is Aleksa's daughter from their old girlfriend, who has since died. The girl comes to live with him and he rearranges his life to accomodate her, but she dies before he can quite come to grips with her existence.