Huddersfield (2007)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Ensemble Film, Slice of Life  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Serbia  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Synopsis by Nathan Southern

Some motley Serbian eccentrics congregate for a seemingly innocuous party - only to watch it evolve into something much darker and more foreboding - in director Ivan Zivkovic's bleak ensemble drama Huddersfield. At the center of the tale is Rasa, a ne'er-do-well supported by his alcoholic father, whose pastimes consist of emceeing a local radio program and giving "literature lessons" to sexy teenage girls that have an unsurprising habit of ending in sex. He begins each day with a diet of coffee and cigarettes, a routine imposed upon by neighbor Ivan - an occultist with neurotic tendencies. As the tale opens, one of Rasa's chippies, Milla, turns up for a liaison, and soon after, Rasa receives the surprising news that an old acquaintance, the expatriate Igor, will soon return to town after a lengthy residence in Huddersfield, England. That night, a large group including Ivan, Milla, Rasa and pal Doole wait for Igor's appearance - and the participants' individual stories emerge, singing an ode of despair, self-introspection and the emptiness wrought by Serbia's way of life in the immediate postwar years.