How I Killed a Saint (2004)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Political Drama  |   Release Date - May 3, 2006 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - France, Macedonia, Slovenia  |  
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A brother and sister caught on separate sides of the Macedonian conflict in the former Yugoslav republic struggle to make sense of a land teetering on the brink of civil war in director Teona Strugar Mitevska's intimate war drama. Viola (Labina Mitevska) has just returned to her hometown of Skopje after finishing college in the United States. Soon after realizing that her younger brother Kokan (Milan Tocinovski-Sako) has become deeply involved with a group of ultra-nationalistic political thugs, Viola accompanies Kokan on a dangerous mission to pick up a shipment of money at the Albanian border unaware that she is simply being used as cover for his shady dealings. As the pair begin the harrowing trek back to their hometown, Viola confides in her brother that she gave birth to a child while away at school and left the young girl in the care of an American diplomat. Now determined to reclaim her offspring at all costs, Viola bides her time in getting back to Skopje safely and doing what it takes to reconnect with the child she previously chose to leave behind.

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brother, family-separation, Macedonia, political-upheaval, terrorism