Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This is a film of some historical interest, as it was a patriotic film made for Croatians during the time of their conflicts with Serbia/Yugoslavia in the early '90s. It was so important to the war effort and the morale of the Croatian people that special screenings were arranged in underground shelter which were well-attended even while bombing was going on. Marja (Nada Gacesic-Livakovic) and her teenaged son Darko (Zvonimir Novosel) are forced to flee their home village when the Serbian Cetniks come in, and they settle into life in a town. Marja even finds a job at the hospital, and Darko embarks on his first romance with a girl who has been orphaned by the war. One evening Marja comes home to find that Darko is missing: he has joined the Croat resistance. Later, in a moving scene, she receives his body and travels with it by cart over the countryside to a burial spot. One further note of interest is that this film was directed by Oja Kodar, who was famed director Orson Welles' last companion and a colleage in his filmmaking efforts.