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Mirage (2006)

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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for Marko at home, where his father (Vlado Jovanovski) is an abusive drunk, his mother (Elena Mosevska) is sullen and withdrawn, and his older sister is bitter and hyper-emotional. Encouraged by one of his teachers to explore his creative side, Marko spends much of his spare time in an abandoned building at a railroad yard, where he daydreams and works on his writings. One day, Marko is killing time at his hideaway when he meets a soldier who becomes his friend, confidante, and protector. But is Marko's new friend real, or just a product of his overactive imagination? Mirage (aka Iluzija) was the first dramatic feature from writer and director Svetozar Ristovski.
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Art House & International , Drama
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Elena Mose
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Critic Reviews for Mirage

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

Ristovski's debut feature is unremittingly grim and powerful.

May 25, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

April 5, 2006
New York Observer
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Drab, despairing and pointless.

March 17, 2006
New York Post
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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.

Full Review… | March 17, 2006
New York Daily News
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Though its downward trajectory may be obvious, the script is a marvel of clarity, economy and metaphor.

Full Review… | March 16, 2006
Variety
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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.

Full Review… | March 16, 2006
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Mirage

½

When you watch this movie (yes you should watch it) just keep in mind any themes that occur throughout the movie, because that will ultimately lead to the desired effect of the movie. It's not too complicated, just think about it a bit before dismissing it. Mirage explores the tormented life of a Macedonian boy and the way he deals with his problems. It's a really well done film, but quite the downer. I'd say it's even more depressing than "The Hours" with just as much touching, which is the main distinction of the film. Nothing is particularly special besides the emotions it evokes. The acting, the main character being a child, could be considered well done in terms of children acting, I suppose.

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