Kazi Zasto Me Ostavi (1994)

Genres - Drama, Romance, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Yugoslavia  |  
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This film, produced in Former Yugoslavia, chronicles the horrors of Yugoslavia's meaningless civil war and it's effects upon a group of friends. The three main characters are Pedja, Ljuba, who is involved with the brother of Pedja's girlfriend Ivana, and Rabe an older friend. The threesome are placed upon the horrific front line. After Ljuba is wounded, they discover a young rape victim who takes them into her family's home. They stay there until Ljuba finally dies. To comfort the dying man, the young woman gives him a recording of the song "Why Have You Left Me?" Later, Pedja finds himself haunted by the woman. While he is a refugee in Belgrade he begins searching and finds her stealing flowers in a cemetery. Shell- shocked, she wanders the streets singing songs such as the "Girl from Ipanema". Pedja finds himself strongly attracted to her despite the fact that Ivana has prepared a safer life for him in Paris. Rabe kills himself while playing pool with an armed grenade. Following the suicide, Pedja forsakes Ivana for the other woman.

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war, battle-fatigue, rape, refugee, romance, suicide