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No Man's Land

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No Man's Land
No Man's Land

No Man's Land

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
98 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/07/01
Wide Release Date:
12/21/01
performer:
Rene Bitorajac, Branko Djuric, Simon Callow, Katrin Cartlidge, Filip Sovagovic
director:
Danis Tanovic
distributor:
United Artists (MGM)
author:
Danis Tanovic
genre:
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it a B+

In No Man’s Land, Danis Tanovic’s blunt, satiric yowl against everything ludicrous and harrowing about war, all battle comes down to the blackly absurd situation of mortal enemies trapped together in a trench. Stranded between lines with no will either to retreat or to cooperate, Ciki (Branko Djuric) and Nino (Rene Bitorajac), a Bosnian and a Serb, are ready to kill each other at any time. And what they don’t do may soon be accomplished by Cera (Filip Sovagovic), a wounded man lying nearby on a spring-loaded mine. Grudging attempts by a U.N. official (Simon Callow) to ”help” only make the situation worse; so does the self-involved interest of a war correspondent played with bite and ardor by Katrin Cartlidge.

This forceful Samuel Beckett-like drama is itself spring-loaded: It’s a merciless and mirthlessly funny antiwar weapon from a filmmaker who has seen battle firsthand and has lived to make art from memories of hell.