Michael Sauter
April 14, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cabaret Balkan

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Nikola Ristanovski
genre
Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it a B+

In Cabaret Balkan, a callow Bosnian youth fatefully hooks up with a cynical drug dealer. A bitter old Serb forces himself on a pretty war widow. Everywhere in this series of overlapping vignettes, citizens of Belgrade smolder with rage, hatred, and despair. Director Goran Paskaljevic orchestrates their violently colliding destinies with an often heavy hand — but his excess is born of passion. The film’s most resonant emotion is not Paskaljevic’s anger, but his aching sorrow. B+

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