Dust (2003)



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Following up on his acclaimed debut After the Rain, Milcho Manchevski spins this ambitious, and unusual, Balkan western. The film opens in New York with an old woman, living in a crammed apartment full of old photos, who outwits a burglar and forces him to listen to her stories. She recounts the saga of Luke and Elijah, a couple freewheeling cowboys during the heyday of the American West. A fight over a whore named Lily ends their friendship; Elijah marries her while Luke turns into an embittered bandit, travelling the world. He eventually settles in with some cattle rustlers in Macedonia. Improbably, Luke and Elijah cross paths again, and soon after a complicated series of flukes and misadventures, end up embroiled in the Turks brutal attempts at maintaining control of the peninsula. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
R (for sequences of strong violence, sexual content, and language)
Art House & International , Drama , Western , Romance
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Lions Gate Films

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Anne Brochet
as Lilith
Eric Colvin
as Adolf
Salaetin Bilal
as The Major
Matt Ross
as Stitch
Meg Gibson
as Bone
Louise Goodall
as Young Angela
Zora Georgieva
as Maslina
Joe Mosso
as Church Bell
Nick Sandow
as White Trash
Bruce MacVittie
as Paramedic
Tom Strauss
as Catholic Priest
Stanko Stojanova
as Godfather
Petar Mircevski
as Foreign Priest
Stojan Arev
as Slavejko
Danilo Mandic
as Flute Boy
Krste Jovanovski
as Mace Man
Judith Windsor
as The Madam
Randy Duke
as Sheriff
Jon Ivanovski
as Sigmund Freud
Boris Corevski
as Sharpshooter
Fehmi Grubi
as Arnaut
Vebi Kerimi
as Arnaut
Adrian Aziri
as Arnaut
Vanco Krstevski
as Andart/Ottoman Soldier
Branko Beninov
as Ottoman Soldier
Riad Tahir
as Ottoman Soldier
Erduan Maksut
as Ottoman Soldier
Atila Klince
as Ottoman Soldier
Jean Francois
as Ottoman Soldier
as Ottoman Soldier
Alen Nanov
as Ottoman Soldier
Vasko Mihajlov
as Ottoman Soldier
Ivan Jercik
as Ottoman Soldier
Zoran Ljutkov
as Ottoman Soldier
Igor Stojcevski
as Ottoman Soldier
Srdjan Milosevic
as Ottoman Soldier
Neat Ali
as Ottoman Soldier
Slave Miceski
as Komita
Srebre Gjakovski
as Shepherd
Najdo Todeski
as Shepherd
Petar Dimoski
as Shepherd
Dimitar Vandeski
as Shepherd
Andon Jovanoski
as Shepherd
Trajce Ivanoski
as Shepherd
Kiril Gravcev
as Shepherd
Igor Dimitrov
as Shepherd
Tinka Risteska
as Villager
Miliana Dodevska
as Villager
Lidija Ivanovska
as Villager
Kire Georgiev
as Villager
Trajce Kalcoski
as Villager
Sonja Osavkova
as Brothel
as Brothel
Katarina Ilievska
as Siuciuan-Hsu
Irena Trajkova
as Brothel
Dorian Trajkov
as Brothel
Milanco Georgiev
as Photographer at the Wedding
Gjorgji Usta Petrov
as Priest at the Wedding
Dzemail Demir
as Native American
Ismet Ali
as Native American
Goce Naumov
as Native American
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Critic Reviews for Dust

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

The bloodthirsty Dust lurches so wildly and meaninglessly between genres and time frames that all it creates is motion sickness.

August 21, 2003
New York Post
Top Critic

Dazzling and dazed.

August 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Dust is a bust, a big bad movie of the scope, ambition and bravura that could be made only by a talented filmmaker run amok.

August 21, 2003
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Manchevski stumbles headlong into a tangle of mismatched tones and plot points.

Full Review… | August 20, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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In reaching for a cubist style of storytelling, [Manchevski] sacrifices character and motivation.

Full Review… | August 19, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

our brains are numbed into oblivion

November 25, 2003

Audience Reviews for Dust


This is a very misunderstood movie and quite wonderful. It is not as good as Manchevski's brilliant "Before the Rain" but is an intelligent movie, made for intelligent viewers. Manchevski does not adhere to the laws of physics and his movies use time brilliantly. The result is quite lyrical.

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carlina fox

Essentially, the story is of a burglar (Lester) who breaks into a house of an old woman (Murphy) in New York and she tells him the story of American cowboys (Fiennes and Wenham) in the Ottoman Empire in Macedonia and their tangled fraternal love/hatred when confronted with a beautiful woman. It's a story that dips in and out of narrative timelines. David Wenham and Joseph Fiennes play two cowboy brothers that wind up in Macedonia, fighting on different sides in a bloody conflict between the Macedonian natives and the oppressive Ottomans. Luke fights on the Ottoman side because they pay in gold, Elijah on the Macedonian because they are the right side. There are many bloody scenes here and it is one thing that I don't like with this film. The overall carnage gets too exhausting, simply put. And there is no real thrill in it either, except for the villains getting killed. The parallel stories intertwining aren't nearly as effective here as in "Before the rain". The plot with the black burglar and the old woman is weak and ineffective. Only the dramatic relationship between Luke (Wenham)and Elijah (Fiennes) and their rivalry over the beautiful and headstrong Lilith (unknown but solid actress) is what makes this film interesting and worthwhile. Wenham gives a really powerful performance here and even overshadows both Fiennes and the rest of the cast. Well worth watching.

Danielle S
Danielle S

This one didn't quite work for me. The visuals were beautiful, but the story was too fantastic for me.

Aaron Stark
Aaron Stark

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