Friday, April 29, 2011
A Serbian Film (2010)
A Serbian Film (2010) Dir. by Srdjan Spasojevic *UNCUT VERSION*
An aging porn star agrees to participate in an "art film" in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.
This film has a lot of stuff buzzing around it, and all the controversy only makes someone want to watch it more. That being said, it takes a lot to disturb me, and A SERBIAN FILM manages to do it on a level I have not experience before... and I have seen some crazy S**t! There has been Audition(amazing), Ichi the Killer (Great), and Cannibal Holocaust(up in the air), but this filming manages to go beyond all those and disturb me in a completely different way.
It is impossible to review this film without spoilers, so I urge you to not read this if you plan on seeing any time soon. That being said, I ensure you that my review may not share the same opinions you have about the film, as I have read numerous varying reviews.
A Serbian Film is a BRILLIANTLY shot film, and it look like something of an arthouse picture. The cinematography is intense, and some of the best I have seen in a long time. Beautiful lighting everywhere and a well paced film. It is sad that I will never watch such a beautiful film again. It was gutwrenching. Reading from the plot at the top of this page, you already kind know where it is going. The lead character Milos(Srdjan Todorovic) slowly starts to realize that the film he is making is not exactly a normal film. He is fairly in to it at first because of various beautiful women he is asked to engage in sexual activities with. This would be a good time to tell you that the film IS pretty much a porn movie, with really disturbing things to happen within it.
"Certain" things happen to Milos that make him decide this isn't what he wants to do, only to realize that he has already pretty much done the majority of it, and doesn't remember it. He has been injected with a sexual stimulant that allows him to have a non-stop erection, but it invokes rage, and the ability to listen to commands. Oh and I guess I can mention that those certain thing is being told to watch a new kind of porn, where a woman gives birth to a newborn baby, and a large bald man takes the baby and begins to rape it. This is where he loses his cool and leaves. I would have too. But then there is the Machete seen. While engaging a woman forcefully from behind he begins beating her in the back of the head and in the back, giving her large bruises and making her scream. Someone hands him a machete, and he proceeds to chop off her head while having sex with her from behind, then continues to have sex with her from behind, and has to be pulled off.
The scene that really gets to me is near the end where he is forced to have anally rape a young by with a sheet over his head while a masked man next to him rapes a woman with sheet over her head. The director of the film director slowly pull away the mask from the man next to him, and it turns out to be his insanely jealous brother (of all the fame he had as a porn star). Then he sheet is pulled away from the woman, revealing her to be his wife! His brother is raping his wife! Oh but it doesn't stop their, they pull the sheet away from the little boy, foaming at the mouth, blood spilling from his anus, and it is Milos's own son. Probably the most disturbing thing I have seen in a LONG LONG TIME. As a father of two young boys, this scene stuck with me for days. I was disgusted, and I still am. If the director wanted to shock me in to telling people about this film, then it definitely worked, but I can't say in a good way. I highly recommend that anyone who is easily disturbed by disgusting films, please do not watch this. I can't unsee it, and I regret watching it almost as much as I regret watching Uwe Boll films... but not quite. The movie IS pretty amazing at times, but the subject matter really overshadows the good. I will never own this on DVD, and I can't say I will give this director another chance. That is saying alot since I would probably watch Human Centipede Part 2, haha. I apologize if you wanted more from this review, but it is a hard topic for me to talk about.
Entertainment Value: 2 out of 10 Giant Erect Fake Penises
Cinematic Value: 4 out of 10 Giant Erect Fake Penises