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Throwing together multiple characters in a single luxury hotel, this Altman-esque ensemble drama has lofty aims, but misses the target.
Polemical as it is, Death in Sarajevo is a hotel movie, one that fluidly entertains even as it educates.
Written and directed by Danis Tanovic, the Oscar-winning Bosnian director of No Man's Land, Death in Sarajevo presents a damning allegory for modern Europe.
An expertly modulated choral drama that is also one of the most clear-cut and boldly stated summations of Bosnia's paralyzing discord.
[Director Danis] Tanovic succeeds in moving away from the past conflict to look into the eyes of the dreaded present. [Full review in Spanish]
This tragicomedy asks how many times a continent can die and not draw any new conclusions from the experience.
We know that all the separate stories with their personal dramas and opposing agendas we'll eventually collide (that's what happens in this subgenre of drama) but it's still fascinating to watch them braid together and Tanovic does this artfully.
Danis Tanović is establishing himself as one of the Eastern Europe's most consistent and insightful directors.
You come out of Death In Sarajevo feeling that you've slogged through a familiar stretch of mud - filmed competently, but not memorably.
The great success of Death in Sarajevo is the simplicity with which Tanović handles Lamija's fate that expresses the humanism the director has so carefully displayed in his previous work.
What does emerge, and forcefully, is the impression of a nation with an intensely conflicted psyche haunted by the many traumas of the past, drifting in a seething present... and looking towards Europe with a mixture of hope and deep-seated skepticism.
The film's simple set serves as a wonderfully detailed base for its dramatic themes.
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