Please be certain if you choose to watch A Serbian Film. It is banned in many countries including Australia.
I have been wanting to watch A Serbian Film for a long time, mainly just to get it out of the way. It’s not a movie I would recommend watching to many. I’ll try not to put too many spoilers below, but just a forewarning as always.
I had heard of A Serbian Film first and foremost for the outrageously awful content it contains. It is currently banned in many countries, including Australia. And for good reasons too. It contains nudity, coarse language, high impact sex scenes, high impact violence, pedophillia, and more things that I thought were unimaginable for capturing on film.
The basic synopsis for the film is a semi-retired porn star is looking to feature in one last film to ensure the financial security for his family, a wife and son. He meets a director who lets him know that he will make him a rich man (although an amount is never disclosed). Milos, the main character, asks for the plot of the film. The director laughs and explains the element of surprise and shock value is part of the charm of his projects.
I found myself absolutely disgusted with a sick fascination with this film. It is certainly a film that I will not be re-watching. But the undertones of the movie, and the message it’s creators intended to portray is quite interesting.
From The Director’s Statement, he writes about the political turmoil and how Serbia leadership worked to destroy every small freedom, including the right for art and free speech. The plot for the movie follows the same idea, of censorship, creating victims and in the second act of the film, that human nature is to try and solve problems after they are too far gone.
Plot and content aside, it is a beautifully executed film. Lighting, filters, grip and the overall powerful shots in this film are phenomenal. The visual and overly provocative messages, both obvious and sub-plot points, are so confronting and disturbing that it is so difficult to watch.
The best thing about this film is that it is not real. As the director explains, it is ‘a work of fiction, consisting of actors and special effects.’ Thank goodness.
Have you seen A Serbian Film? What were your thoughts?