Jugofilm (1997)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Political Drama  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - Austria  |  
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Though they have safely reestablished themselves in Austria, a Serbian family find themselves unable to escape the horrifying conflict that ripped the former Yugoslavia apart. In making his tragic drama, screenwriter/director Goran Rebic used no actual war footage and shows less than a minute of fighting. Young Milan and his family immigrated to Austria a while ago and feel out of touch with the increasing violence in their homeland. Still the news is sufficiently bad that they decide to try to get Milan's grandmother and his older brother Sascha out of the country. En route, Sascha is apparently kidnapped and does not show up until a year later, with a Bosnian wife in tow. Despite the family's joy at his return, they soon notice disturbing changes in Sascha. Neighborhood scuttlebutt races rampantly that Sascha committed terrible war crimes. The extremely nationalistic Bora, Sascha's father is not overly disturbed by the allegations, believing them to be a sign of Sascha's Serbian loyalties. Bora proves to be the catalyst for tragedy, one that overwhelms friends, family and the increasingly depressive and obviously traumatized Sascha.

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atrocity, family, fidelity, immigrant, kidnapping, nationalism, rumors, war, war-atrocities, war-crimes