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Title: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Dave on February 12, 2013, 05:52:19 AM
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A semi-retired porn star Miloš (Srđan Todorović) now lives with his wife Marija (Jelena Gavrilovic) and little son sometimes doing the odd bit of work performing in cameos to earn money for his family. Despite struggling to make ends meet financially, they are all very happy together. Miloš’s brother Marko (Slobodan Beštić) is a corrupt police officer who is jealous of the happy family life his sibling has. Miloš is offered the opportunity by a former co-star Leylah (Katarina Žutić) to star in a pornographic art film with a huge bumper payday that will get him out of the world of porno and set up his family for life so they can escape Serbia. He agrees to meet with the director. The independent filmmaker Vukmir (Sergej Trifunović) a very wealthy and well-connected pornographer wants to use Miloš for his unique ability to get an erection and keep it without the need of stimulation either visually or physically. The sum of money Vukmir offers Miloš is too substantial for him to turn down but there is a catch, as he must not know anything about the plot until filming begins. Very suspiciously uncomfortable about this but knowing that the money is too good to be true he reluctantly agrees.

To his horror when shooting begins, he discovers that he has been cast in a snuff movie with the themes of necrophilia and paedophilia. Drugged when he tries to quit, he wakes up in his bed at home three days later covered in blood with no memory of what has happened except for brief flashbacks and he finds that his wife and child are missing. Seeing one of Vukmir’s cars outside he gets in and drives to Vukmir’s residence to try to piece together what happened and to find his family. Miloš finds a room where he has a vivid flashback of a brutally evil scene he was forced to perform in while under the influence of a concoction of cattle aphrodisiac that turned him into a crazed sex maniac. “Viagra for Balls!” so says Vukmir.” He further exclaims towards the end of the shoot “The magic of rigor mortis!” as he directs Miloš. This should give you an idea of what this foul horrid sequence will fuck up your mind with. Miloš then finds some tapes and witnesses more acts that are extremely revolting involving him. He then follows the trail from where the last piece of footage left off. To say what he discovers will shock you is a severe understatement.

A Serbian Film Official Red Band U.S. Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddwrbcMmzlc#ws)]
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Dark Angel on April 22, 2013, 08:28:35 AM
ugh at this movie, this was the most utterly disturbing movie i have ever seen. some of the scenes in this unnerved me bad >:(
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Splat on April 22, 2013, 09:56:01 AM
ugh at this movie, this was the most utterly disturbing movie i have ever seen. some of the scenes in this unnerved me bad >:(

AWESOME!!!  :yay:
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Sek'Tal Alcyone on April 22, 2013, 12:20:38 PM
I'm feeling (for some ungodly reason) that I may revisit this vile, disgusting, piece of shit again soon just to see if my opinion of it has changed at all. It's a well made movie, don't get me wrong but I wonder how much (if any) of it was actually necessary.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: CountOrlok on April 22, 2013, 12:35:40 PM
This film is genius.  I love it.  lol
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: shaza123 on April 22, 2013, 05:22:17 PM
Nice review, mate!  :grinwink:

One of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen, yet so well made. An excellent film.  ;)
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: DooDaDerek on April 23, 2013, 08:34:43 PM
Genius, disgusting, nasty, and brutal! One of my favorite modern horror films. Need to buy the Uncut version.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Sek'Tal Alcyone on April 25, 2013, 08:32:14 AM
Well, I sat through the whole thing for the second time last night. I'll be honest, the first time I saw this, it fucked me, it really fucked me and it was not exactly a considerate lover. With my first viewing I was caught up with my own knee jerk reaction, I was repulsed but why? I knew exactly what I was getting into, I knew what I was about to see so was it the movie that offended me so? Or was it my own morbid curiosity that caused my upset?
Watching this for a second time it struck me that certain scenes are so over the top, so disgusting that they almost become like some form of self parody.
Is it a well made film? Without a doubt. Is it a film that you could genuinely enjoy? That's debatable, I know I don't exactly enjoy this but something kept me watching didn't it? The chance of some kind of climatic retribution? I have no idea. It does strike me though that the offense is not necessarily caused by what is happening on screen but the curiosity of the viewer themselves.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: xxsic4slipknotxx on April 25, 2013, 08:46:21 AM
I enjoyed this film.  Of course, this is yet another movie I'm a little hesitant to revisit, I consider it a good thing more than a bad thing really.  Don't ask me why.  I have two versions of this film.  The first is a (rare?) Singapore Import of the film I purchased long before a US release hit.  It was the uncut version which incorporated the British DVD extras.  A yellow "X" in the corner of the screen indicated the scenes that were cut for the British release.  I also have the fully uncut US release which came in bloodied jewel case with disc art which was supposed to look like this was shot with a small digital video camera (disc art was bloodied too).  Compared to the Singapore edition, there are no yellow "X" scenes, everything that was in the screener is in this film and has been incorporated back in.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: CountOrlok on April 25, 2013, 01:26:18 PM

Watching this for a second time it struck me that certain scenes are so over the top, so disgusting that they almost become like some form of self parody.


Finally someone who actually gets it.   :yes:  It's not even a serious-toned movie.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Sek'Tal Alcyone on April 25, 2013, 02:09:18 PM

Watching this for a second time it struck me that certain scenes are so over the top, so disgusting that they almost become like some form of self parody.



Finally someone who actually gets it.   :yes:  It's not even a serious-toned movie.

A man driving his hard cock through another mans eye socket is not something I can take seriously.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: CountOrlok on April 25, 2013, 02:40:37 PM

Watching this for a second time it struck me that certain scenes are so over the top, so disgusting that they almost become like some form of self parody.



Finally someone who actually gets it.   :yes:  It's not even a serious-toned movie.

A man driving his hard cock through another mans eye socket is not something I can take seriously.

That's why I don't get why so many people are disturbed.  It's way over the top.. not meant to be taken seriously.  Dark comedy at its best.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Sek'Tal Alcyone on April 25, 2013, 03:52:02 PM
I'm not sure I agree fully with the comedy angle but I do think some of the reactions to this movie have been just as over the top as some of the more graphic scenes. I've seen some reviewers saying the makers should be jailed etc. As I said earlier, it's worth asking whether it's the film that offended them or was it the morbid curiosity that drove them to watch it (knowing exactly what they were going to be seeing) that has them so upset?
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: CountOrlok on April 25, 2013, 04:03:11 PM
I don't know but it's ridiculous.  The baby looked fake, anyway.  But what made it comedy for me was "Newborn porn!!".. that was sick yet hilarious.  But also great satire as well.

Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: JackT on May 29, 2013, 09:46:40 PM
Probably my favourite film of this genre. Beautifully filmed but what got me was the analogy to a horrible dictatorship. Very very clever film making I thought. I must admit I watched it a few times just to get the full impact of Spasojevic's life growing up there.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: JackT on May 29, 2013, 10:41:02 PM
Gahhh as a parent I can understand how this would upset you. The ending was horrific. Really upset me for weeks but I suggest you read the interviews. It really does make sense of it when you view it as a metaphor. The guy seems to be more of a human rights' activist rather than just some idiot making a totally confronting film. That's how I viewed it anyway.

Peace Bro.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: CountOrlok on May 30, 2013, 08:28:50 AM
A Serbian Film has a lot to say, not just about Serbia, but on how the world currently works.  How good people are manipulated to do evil and unthinkable acts by a depraved, powerful elite.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: JackT on May 30, 2013, 04:28:49 PM
Excellent comment, Count! You summed it up perfectly.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: woodenheart on July 27, 2013, 07:18:24 AM
 “A victim feels the most and suffers the best.”
—     Vukmir, A Serbian Film



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(http://25.media.tumblr.com/46eb2a2e6dd18b6c9ffd3aee842b1817/tumblr_mpjcnppsNH1rfa2bpo1_400.gif)

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/9bbd60f60b27bfa39b53a644d83ce00c/tumblr_mq2jvla18N1stz4uxo4_500.gif)



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Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Splat on July 27, 2013, 08:17:56 AM
Feel The Urge to steal these for my Tumblr  :eat:
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: CountOrlok on July 27, 2013, 08:26:56 PM
Srđan Todorović (Milos) and Sergej Trifunovic (Vukmir) should have both won oscars, they were brilliant.   :yes:
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: JackT on July 27, 2013, 09:09:13 PM
Agreed!
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Renacimiento on July 27, 2013, 09:19:58 PM
Honestly I do not care at all if A serbian film (in this case), or any other film has won an Oscar or not, does not change at all how much I enjoyed the movie. But that's me.

I have enjoyed so many films that have never won an Oscar and I hated others that have won many Oscars, which for me .. at this point, does not mean anything that prize.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: General Ox on July 27, 2013, 09:46:28 PM
I still hold the same opinion about ASF and have nothing against the filmmaker for the subjects that were touched upon in terms of art but in terms of personal preference I choose to not watch it any more because of my opinions and feelings towards child pornography. As a father it really sickens me to see it happening whether it be real or simulated.

Pussy.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: CountOrlok on July 27, 2013, 09:48:10 PM
Yeah, but in my twisted sick world, people would actually be rewarded based on merit.  And A Serbian Film deserves that kind of recognition, because it's a great film.

And Frey, so you are ok with simulated murders, rape, etc and everything else except for what you mentioned?  A bit ridiculous, BECAUSE IT'S ALL FAKE. 
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: JackT on July 27, 2013, 10:31:11 PM
Well C'Mon guys. He doesnt like the movie. It's not a personal insult to those of us who do like it. I know a lot of parents of little kids who are absolutely horrified at the thought of it and wont even touch it with a barge pole. Could I watch this if I had managed to have kids? Probably not. The same as I cant watch a movie with animal torture in it because it would upset me too much thinking of my own animals.

We all have different taste and boundaries so dont give him a hard time because he has drawn a line in the sand as to what's acceptable to him. This is a not a film for everyone even though it's a damn fine film.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: CountOrlok on July 27, 2013, 10:59:26 PM
I accept all valid critique of art.  However, "I hate this because it offends my delicate sensibilities" is not a valid critique.  No one forced you to watch it.  If you want to bash the film, bash it, but at least try and give some kind of intelligent response.  That's all I ask.  :)
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: JackT on July 27, 2013, 11:14:25 PM
However, "I hate this because it offends my delicate sensibilities" is not a valid critique.

Why though? Serious question. Not trying to challenge you just for the sake of it. If he said it should be banned and removed from the public I would disagree vehemently with him because we're all adults and deserve the right to choose what we watch, but he just said the subject matter was not to his preference. I can understand that. He gave the movie a shot and it upset him, and that's more than I can say for people in Aus who agreed with Family First lobby group getting movies banned without even having seen them.

As for me, well I've seen this movie several times but it does leave me feeling quite unwell each time. I think it's brilliant but I respect the fact Frey had a different reaction.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: CountOrlok on July 28, 2013, 05:03:28 AM
I'm talking context here..  I don't enjoy child porn either, but within the context of the film it is entirely appropriate and I thought people here understood that about art and perhaps it is a good thing that you are offended instead of remaining in your safe comfort zone.  That's it.  As far as boundaries go, they are going to be pushed further and further - art must reflect life, and this is life.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: JackT on July 28, 2013, 11:54:11 AM
I'm not offended by this film in the context of the porn  and in fact my reactions to the film have nothing to do with the porn. I wouldnt have watched it half a dozen times if I didnt think it was a great film. I was just making the point that Frey is entitled to have his own reaction to it, as we all are.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Splat on July 28, 2013, 12:12:24 PM


I doubt they added certain content to profit fro it.

The new born porn is to display the hopelessness of people to a much higher power with an extreme example so that it stuck with the film goer long after the credits. It worked, look at the discussion on this film.

Pretty much anyone in real power can do whatever the fuck they want and what the fuck are the 99% of the rest of us going to do seriously. But fuck it I see myself going into political philosophy and um fuck that shit I just want to watch movies fitting for extremehorrorcinema.com  [e]86[/e]
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Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: woodenheart on July 28, 2013, 12:18:41 PM
Hey it bothered me. I had  this film in my mind for days. As I watched certain scenes I said this is so wrong. I like being bothered. I like the feeling I get...it  turns into excitement, almost  euphoric  pleasure.

Now that being stated, of course child pornography is a horrible crime. I would never want any child in anyway to be hurt. THIS IS ONLY A FILM. The baby is a movie prop to play out the scene, and an amazing scene it was at that.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: JackT on July 28, 2013, 12:24:36 PM




Pretty much anyone in real power can do whatever the fuck they want and what the fuck are the 99% of the rest of us going to do seriously. But fuck it I see myself going into political philosophy and um fuck that shit

Yeah that's the angle I've always watched it from and it gets me every time, especially when he's so damn helpless he takes out his entire family. Absolutely gutted me

I supoose there isnt any need for spoilers but just incase someone reads the thread to decide if they want to watch it
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: woodenheart on July 28, 2013, 12:25:44 PM


I doubt they added certain content to profit fro it.

The new born porn is to display the hopelessness of people to a much higher power with an extreme example so that it stuck with the film goer long after the credits. It worked, look at the discussion on this film.

Pretty much anyone in real power can do whatever the fuck they want and what the fuck are the 99% of the rest of us going to do seriously. But fuck it I see myself going into political philosophy and um fuck that shit I just want to watch movies fitting for extremehorrorcinema.com  [e]86[/e]
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Ahhh please. Fuck the political side of this film. I don't see it or never will. I like being entertained by extreme film.  I look at this a story being told with players. Nothing more. The world is so fucked from end to end that when I disappear into a movie, I want to forget that and live in cinema on my screen. Not responsible behavior?, sure. Not adult enough?..fuck yeah.  I will always be like this.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Splat on July 28, 2013, 12:28:14 PM

See I am in wooden's boat when it comes to these films, i want an experience that hits me in some way. Obviously kiddie porn or what have you is wrong. But this IS just a film with props and such to assist in making a statement plus dare I say to entertain and sicken at the same time. If a movie doesn't stay with us well after it has finished in ways it has failed it's audience.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: JackT on July 28, 2013, 12:28:50 PM
Nothing wrong with that, Woody and Splat. I prefer to watch film as escapism as well but got caught up in the political PoV on this one. It's why it fucked me up so much. Probably a film I will never lose interest in discussing
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Seikotik on February 27, 2016, 02:05:09 AM
I wish I felt haunted.

This film is just beautiful, one of my all time favorites.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Splat on August 30, 2018, 11:39:23 PM
Leaving this here https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-movie-crypt/id1326561266?mt=2&i=1000413436756
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: CountOrlok on May 20, 2019, 09:32:07 PM
I can't believe people complain about 'newborn porn' scene with an obviously fake baby that is not graphic in any way.  While VIP pedophilia in the real world happens on an industrial scale and no one cares because it is covered up.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: woodenheart on August 27, 2019, 10:26:54 PM
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1st, officially licensed T-Shirt of A Serbian Film... There is more if you go thru the catalog


https://unearthed-films.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/a-serbian-film-officially-licensed-unisex-heavy-cotton-tee-1?fbclid=IwAR2bjQN9vQexMVJDQ6WQNWtNbg5p7dxE_oEUclXxSd9KK9r5n0oMZN-La40


Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Mr. Awesome on August 28, 2019, 11:16:23 PM
I have an unlicensed shirt that I like a lot more than that one.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Mayvmi on September 02, 2019, 01:01:53 AM
Of all the imagery in that film you'd think they would pick a better image for the shirt
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Splat on September 03, 2019, 05:35:39 PM
Maybe they will later....

Personally, I like it. It is a statement on the meaning of the experience as a whole.

Dead Baby Tee with the movie title would be pretty awesome too.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: CountOrlok on September 03, 2019, 07:58:52 PM
But there's no dead babies in A Serbian Film.

What this world needs is more dead baby art:

(https://i.pinimg.com/736x/fc/38/02/fc380260f5de85b46e6f8f63d1e3455d.jpg)

I actually drew a picture of a baby getting branded like a cow for my art class in high school.   :idea:
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Splat on September 03, 2019, 09:59:10 PM
Was dead after it got the cock  :thinking:
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: CountOrlok on September 03, 2019, 11:12:23 PM
Yeah maybe, but I don't remember seeing any dead babies in the movie.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Splat on September 04, 2019, 06:18:35 AM
It certainly is fucked though!
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Hemwick on September 04, 2019, 10:53:18 AM
Lol.  This conversation is golden
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: CountOrlok on September 07, 2019, 05:37:30 AM
It's a very powerful and truthful image.  Yes, we are 'fucked' from birth.  Not just in Serbia, but in Serbia it might be more obvious, hence "Serbian Film".

Nothing can illustrate that better than literally showing a newborn getting fucked.  Truth in art.
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Hemwick on September 07, 2019, 09:08:47 PM
Amen Count.  True words right there.  I watch this film at least once a month.  A true masterpiece .
Title: Re: A Serbian Film (2010)
Post by: Mayvmi on September 09, 2019, 04:50:58 PM
The first time I watched this film I was still in high school, barely knew of extreme cinema, still on mainstream horror digging to find anything good, anything different. I remember the newborn porn scene was such a shock to me at the time but wasn't a scene that left much lingering memories. Looking back on it and watching it again, it's definitely nothing to complain about, there are far worse things out in the world.

Never really thought of the metaphorical significance either until reading your discussions about it. It really is art.