Tuesday, March 13, 2007

No Man's Land (2001)

The grim futility of the war between Bosnia and Serbia is reduced to its essence as two enemy soldiers are forced to share a wary trust for one another in this drama. A group of Bosnian soldiers are advancing upon Serbian territory during a misty night when the fog lifts at daybreak, making them plainly visible to their enemy. Serb forces open fire upon them, and soon only Chiki (Brancko Djuric) is still alive, after diving into a trench in no man's land. Two Serbian soldiers scouting the area set up a land mine using the body of a Bosnian soldier as "bait;" if moved, the mine will jump into the air and explode. Chiki watches as the soldiers set the trap, and furious at the disrespect to his fallen comrades, he kills one of the Serbs, and takes the other, Nino (Rene Bitorajac), hostage. With both soldiers alone and equally armed, they find themselves at a stalemate, and begin trying to attract help from either side. Eventually, the two men are found by a squadron of French soldiers attached to a U.N. peacekeeping unit; now held by supposedly neutral forces, Chiki and Nino are with the French troops when it's discovered that the dead Bosnian soldier isn't dead after all, though no one is sure how to disarm the mine without killing him in the process. No Man's Land was the debut feature from Bosnian writer and director Danis Tanovic. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

It was a nice touch that the Bosnian had a Rolling Stones Tongue T-shirt. After all his friends die close to the beginning he risks his life to get some smokes out of a friends back pack.

Actually the movie review is wrong about the discovery of the Bosnian to be alive, it was before the UN forces arrived and one of the reasons for them to waive down the other sides.

The funniest part was the French UN soldiers talking to the soldiers on the Serbian Barricade. Of course it really showed some incompetence of the UN bureaucratic apparatus. Chiki called the UN Smurfs!

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