Hocu Zivjeti (1982)

Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - Yugoslavia  |  
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Three generations of men in a small farm in Croatia are caught in the throes of a generation gap that seems too wide for anyone to bridge. One day the grandfather unsuccessfully tries to hang himself in a desperate attempt to fight his son's modern methods of farming, methods that would trash their family traditions, from his point of view. At the other extreme, the young grandson leaves because he cannot accept the way the farm is managed now -- though he is certain to come back, he needs to escape for awhile. He meets up with a fair maid and enters into a brief liaison before he finds that he is very much enamored of a beautiful mute woman -- and his feelings are reciprocated. In order to further their official relationship, he takes her home to a family gathering, only to churn up the superficially calm waters of the family's diverse personalities; it turns out that his father cannot tolerate the woman's inability to speak. As the disagreements rise to a crescendo, the family will either have to come to terms with their differences, or they may be in danger of disintegrating.

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dysfunctional, generation-gap, grandfather, suicide-attempt