No Man's Land (2001)



Critic Consensus: Bleak and darkly humorous, No Man's Land vividly illustrates the absurdity of war.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for violence and language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Danis Tanovic
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 9, 2002
Box Office: $0.9M
United Artists Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for No Man's Land

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (29)

... a gripping piece of combat theater.

February 26, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

absurd situation creates lasting images that don't diminish with time

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Old School Reviews

A brilliant and brilliantly disturbing film.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Tanovic adroitly indicts the entrenched hostilities between people and nations.

Full Review… | June 25, 2004

savage whimsy

Full Review… | April 5, 2003
Killer Movie Reviews

An intelligent and expertly-judged microcosm of the inanity of war.

Full Review… | February 13, 2003

Audience Reviews for No Man's Land

Two Bosnians and a Serb are trapped in a trench during the war between Bosnia and Serbia.
I didn't think that this actually happened or that it could have happened; from the beginning of the film, I knew that it was a metaphor. And as metaphors go, it's pretty good. The situation is, of course, contrived, but it allows Bosnian writer/director Danis Tanovic to show the futility of war and the arguments, which are essentially identical from both sides. He waxes political when he includes the ineffective international community, suggesting that while other nations are well-intentioned, their efforts are burdened by bureaucracy.
The characters are cut from bland cloth, essentially types rather than real people, but Tanovic assumes that in metaphors, we don't require nuance; he's likely right.
Overall, No Man's Land is not a great film, but it succeeds in what it sets out to do.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


A terrific movie with many, many layers. The UN is ripped for its do-nothing foolishness, but equally well presented is the difficulty of peacemaking itself. Ultimately it is not the failure of the UN, but the failure of humans to let go of the past in favor of peace. Biting drama, well conceived and executed. All this, and humor, too.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


I'm pretty sure my favorite part was the random appearance of the villain from Ace Ventura 2. This is by no means a movie that I got into, but I can't deny that it's an interesting concept. It's just that some of the symbolism is way too obvious and it takes away from the overall story and message. One thing I really liked was the idea of broadening the scope ten fold about half way in. There's all this intimacy and then suddenly it's like an entire UN fleet and a news team. The Reservoir Dogs atmosphere to the initial character interaction is what I would consider weak, mainly because all I was thinking about was Reservoir Dogs.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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