Best Films of 2010 #21 – ‘A Serbian Film’

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A Serbian Film

Directed by Srdjan Spasojevic

Srpski Film (A Serbian Film) may just be the most controversial and disturbing movie ever made. The film that pivots around a scene of self-styled “newborn porn” was pulled from the schedule of London’s FrightFest film festival after Westminster council ruled it could not be shown in its uncut version, and later the BBFC also required multiple cuts to the DVD submission in order to get released. Even with all the cuts the film will still get an ‘18’ rating. The film has had the Sound On Sight team divided all year long, either thinking it was one of the best films of the year, or one of the worse. The filmmakers have stated that A Serbian Film is intended as an allegory about Serbia itself, but our very own Justine Smith had a different opinion in her review from the Fantasia Film Fest screening. However our very own Al Kratina stated in his review that, “A Serbian Film works only when interpreted as an agonized scream from a nation mauled by a recent history of war and genocide. As anything else, the movie would be a tired exercise in forced shock”. We’ll let you decide. That is, if you think you can stomach it.

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