Illuzija (Mirage) (2004)
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A young man growing up in a blighted landscape turns inside himself for comfort in this drama. Marko (Marko Kovacevic) is a 13-year-old boy growing up in war-torn Macedonia who is the constant target of thuggish bullies at school, who attack him for his small physical stature and fondness for poetry. Life isn't much better for Marko at home, where his father (Vlado Jovanovski) is an abusive drunk, his mother (Elena Mosevska) is sullen and withdrawn, and his older sister is bitter and
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Ristovski's debut feature is unremittingly grim and powerful.
It is not often that one is confronted with a cinematic social statement so nihilistic and so devoid of hope -- not merely for an individual, but for the whole world around him.
Drab, despairing and pointless.
Marko is clearly a stand-in for an exhausted country, and the symbolism is, at times, oppressively heavy. But Ristovski needs us to feel his nation's torment, and he succeeds.
Though its downward trajectory may be obvious, the script is a marvel of clarity, economy and metaphor.
It's a grim look at the life of one boy in a country that, at least in Mr. Ristovski's view, seems to have nothing but grimness to offer.
A tense, gripping drama that urges Macedonians to reject the empty platitudes and conflicts of the past for a bold new future vision, and succeeds showing how false hope can indeed be the opiate that keeps people from taking direct action.
The social situation at the heart of 'Mirage/Iluzija' is so fraught with political implication that the film hits on both levels.
Svetozar Ristovski drags the corpse of Billy Elliott through sewer water in his appropriately titled Mirage--the film is so unreal, only a starved and weak-kneed cinesnob will be suckered in by it.
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