Plot, from IMDB: 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.
Ah yes, here it is: the one and only legendarily off-putting movie “A Serbian Film”. Truly one of the only recent movies worthy of the phrase “one and only”, I can say that much already. Literally everywhere, every site about movies I went onto when this was released every poster was talking about it, saying how sickening it was, and I was immediately drawn to it. I had to see it, any way I could I absolutely had to see it. Boy, I really did not know what I was getting myself into by watching this movie.
Now, I should most likely start with the fact that I have a strong stomach. An extremely, unnaturally strong stomach for the sort of things that would make most people vomit. Ever since I was a young boy, I have always had this dark fascination with criminals, with serial killers, mobsters, and just the out of the ordinary type of murderers etc. That’s one thing, having a fascination; but I’ve seen snuff films, I’ve seen crime scenes photos of serial murders, I’ve read the Tate-LaBianca case files, I’ve seen death photos of normal citizens and celebrities, I’ve listened to the Jonestown death tape, I’ve seen accident footage where some people were decapitated in car accidents, I’ve seen beheading and torture footage, I’ve basically seen it all and more than your typical person would be able to stand. So, yeah, you could say I have an unnaturally strong stomach for some of the worst attrocities out there, and it’s very very rare for a film to make me sick – but I will state outright that this film here mortified me. I was absolutely shocked, appauled, sickened, and mortified watching this movie. Seeing this movie was one of the most uncomfortable experiences of my entire life, but I really got to give credit to director/screenwriter Srdjan Spasojevic and Aleksandar Radivojevic for creating this brilliantly horrific movie because, let’s face it, most people anymore (or ever, really) had the nerve and the guts to make a movie this vile, this nauseating, this appalling, and this putrid and unnerving. This movie, with its themes of necrophilia, murder, rape, pedophilia, and pornography, was so abhorrently sadistic that it could almost be considered a new art-form. However, I give this movie and its makers a decent amount of praise for not adhering to censorship and for sticking with their macabre vision because real life is always an exercise in morbidity and these sort of attrocities like child abuse, rape, and murder happen on a daily basis – and I feel like the makers deserve a little bit of credit for further sheading some light on these attrocities. Granted, the way in which they did it was unnecessarily cruel, but hey – so is life, most of the time.
And that is exactly why this movie is such an original vision; because it takes all of these horrifying events and presents it in a grueling, sickening, and absolutely putrid fashion and never shies away from anything. I have never, in all my years of movie watching, seen a movie quite like this. Especially with a plot like that, I mean who in their right mind thinks up a plot like that? That is exactly why I would like to find people to attempt to recommend this movie to, I’ll recant this statement in a little bit but i’m trying to make a point: because this movie, while gruesome and disgusting, is extraordinarily one-of-a-kind. Because of the controversy over this movie, I highly doubt any sane being would even attempt to make another movie of this ilk for at least a very very long while.
I mean, just think about what the actors went through making this – especially the actor who portrayed Milos, Srdjan Todorovic, a very tragic character forced into this unfortunate set-up who basically either has to grit his teeth and bear it or most likely be forced to watch his own family murdered before his eyes (even though, without spoilers, what happened was far far worse). But the character I most felt horribly sorry for was Milos’ young son Petar, who was basically, metaphorically and non-metaphorically, faced at gunpoint to witness these monstrosities head-on with almost no one feeling remorseful about what they’re doing to the poor child. The performance work from the pair is some of the most cruelly, disturbingly convincing acting I’ve ever had the painful experience of witnessing.
I honestly don’t know how to conclude this review, because as I said I want to recant my recommendation of this movie. I really don’t recommend this movie to too many people due to the extremely brutal nature of it, I mean if I could hardly sit through it with the unnaturally strong stomach I have, a lot of people with just as strong or stronger stomachs for this sort of thing would probably have the same problem. But if you do choose to see this movie, just be prepared for an uncommonly uncomfortable viewing experience.
My Rating: 8/10
I’m not gonna add a trailer to this review, I’m not for censorship or anything but I just don’t think it’d be that appropriate.
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