Pretty Village, Pretty Flame Reviews

  • Feb 18, 2021

    One of the greatest movies I've ever seen! A brilliant tragi-comedy to reflect on the absurdity of war, especially civil war, where neighbors and former friends fight each other. Really a must see!!

    One of the greatest movies I've ever seen! A brilliant tragi-comedy to reflect on the absurdity of war, especially civil war, where neighbors and former friends fight each other. Really a must see!!

  • Jan 27, 2021

    The most accurate depiction on how friends became foes, young men lost their lives fighting over idiocy of politicians and twisted ideals. The english translation doesn't do the film justice.

    The most accurate depiction on how friends became foes, young men lost their lives fighting over idiocy of politicians and twisted ideals. The english translation doesn't do the film justice.

  • Sep 23, 2017

    With highly realistic and such well developed characters, superb dialogue, fantastic black humor with many funny lines, competent direction from Srdjan Dragojevic and naturalistic, superb performances from its great cast with Nikola Kojo, Milorad Mandic and Bata Zivojinovic being the highlights, Lepa sela lepo gore (Pretty Village, Pretty Flame) is a strong war drama across the board. It is so well shot, moving in its emotion and epic in scope that it easily ranks as one of the greatest classics of Serbian cinema.

    With highly realistic and such well developed characters, superb dialogue, fantastic black humor with many funny lines, competent direction from Srdjan Dragojevic and naturalistic, superb performances from its great cast with Nikola Kojo, Milorad Mandic and Bata Zivojinovic being the highlights, Lepa sela lepo gore (Pretty Village, Pretty Flame) is a strong war drama across the board. It is so well shot, moving in its emotion and epic in scope that it easily ranks as one of the greatest classics of Serbian cinema.

  • Dec 12, 2012

    The films about the Yugoslav war on Balkan isn't like any other war movies. The movies about the second world war it's all despair and seems like the end of the world as we know it, it's a dead serious war. But the films about the Yugoslav wars tends to have a comical undertone, no matter how brutal this conflict was, with all it's ethnic cleaning and huge losses. A dark comical tone that is present in such films as "Underground" and "No Man's Land". I think that the comedy lies in that irony that all the ethnic groups are so alike in many ways. They even speak the same language. But it's their religion and their history which in the end of the day defines which side you are on. Srdjan Dragojevic's Pretty Village, Pretty Flame tells the story about two best friends. One Serb, Milan, and one Muslim, Halil. Who back in 1980, discovered an abandon tunnel that is out of use. No body dears to go close to this tunnel. A decade later, war has broke out between the different ethnic groups. Especially between the Serbs and the Bosniaks, where Milan and Halil is on each side. The violence just escalates. Villages are burned down. One night, Milan's platoon is being ambushed by Bosniaks, and seeks cover in the abandon tunnel from his childhood. Pretty Village, Pretty Flamme is a modern classic in Serbian cinema. And almost ten percent of Serbia's population. But it heavily criticized by other former Yugoslav countries of being to pro-Serbian and anti-bosniaks, and racist. Is this true. Both yes and no. In the tunnel where the Serbian platoon is trapped, a radio voice coming from a hidden radio in the cave, with a laughing Bosniak. Who seems to love terrorizing the Serbs. But there's also the fact that Milan did have a Muslim best friend. But the reality makes it impossible for them to continue their friendship. This movie might seem racist, but a the same time, it's shows us why. And it's comical undertone shows us how ridiculous the situation is. Overall it's a thrilling war film, with a great plot, but with to much symbolism. Thumbs up.

    The films about the Yugoslav war on Balkan isn't like any other war movies. The movies about the second world war it's all despair and seems like the end of the world as we know it, it's a dead serious war. But the films about the Yugoslav wars tends to have a comical undertone, no matter how brutal this conflict was, with all it's ethnic cleaning and huge losses. A dark comical tone that is present in such films as "Underground" and "No Man's Land". I think that the comedy lies in that irony that all the ethnic groups are so alike in many ways. They even speak the same language. But it's their religion and their history which in the end of the day defines which side you are on. Srdjan Dragojevic's Pretty Village, Pretty Flame tells the story about two best friends. One Serb, Milan, and one Muslim, Halil. Who back in 1980, discovered an abandon tunnel that is out of use. No body dears to go close to this tunnel. A decade later, war has broke out between the different ethnic groups. Especially between the Serbs and the Bosniaks, where Milan and Halil is on each side. The violence just escalates. Villages are burned down. One night, Milan's platoon is being ambushed by Bosniaks, and seeks cover in the abandon tunnel from his childhood. Pretty Village, Pretty Flamme is a modern classic in Serbian cinema. And almost ten percent of Serbia's population. But it heavily criticized by other former Yugoslav countries of being to pro-Serbian and anti-bosniaks, and racist. Is this true. Both yes and no. In the tunnel where the Serbian platoon is trapped, a radio voice coming from a hidden radio in the cave, with a laughing Bosniak. Who seems to love terrorizing the Serbs. But there's also the fact that Milan did have a Muslim best friend. But the reality makes it impossible for them to continue their friendship. This movie might seem racist, but a the same time, it's shows us why. And it's comical undertone shows us how ridiculous the situation is. Overall it's a thrilling war film, with a great plot, but with to much symbolism. Thumbs up.

  • Oct 12, 2012

    With bitter, abject, entertaining humore, exposes the sickness and the interpersonal nature of the Bosnian war.

    With bitter, abject, entertaining humore, exposes the sickness and the interpersonal nature of the Bosnian war.

  • Aug 30, 2012

    A seething, deranged war movie.

    A seething, deranged war movie.

  • Mar 05, 2011

    SRBSKI film -- govori o dveh koegih, ki sta med vojno pridruzita vsak za svojem narodu in se bojujeta med sabo

    SRBSKI film -- govori o dveh koegih, ki sta med vojno pridruzita vsak za svojem narodu in se bojujeta med sabo

  • Apr 15, 2010

    Pretty Village, Pretty Flame is a wonderfully written war movie which takes a backseat in history and focuses entirely on the men involved. Blanketed with an ironic dark humor (often in the most morbidly inappropriate and unexpected places) and told out of sequence, the film is littered with a heavy usage of flashbacks and metaphors, and is a very intelligent and very beautiful film if one pays attention to it. Even though it suffers slightly from its occasionally out of place humor and lack of information regarding the conflict (meaning many foreigners without much knowledge of the events in 1992 will find themselves missing much of the context), it is a very powerful anti-war film and is definitely worth watching.

    Pretty Village, Pretty Flame is a wonderfully written war movie which takes a backseat in history and focuses entirely on the men involved. Blanketed with an ironic dark humor (often in the most morbidly inappropriate and unexpected places) and told out of sequence, the film is littered with a heavy usage of flashbacks and metaphors, and is a very intelligent and very beautiful film if one pays attention to it. Even though it suffers slightly from its occasionally out of place humor and lack of information regarding the conflict (meaning many foreigners without much knowledge of the events in 1992 will find themselves missing much of the context), it is a very powerful anti-war film and is definitely worth watching.

  • Apr 08, 2009

    Excellent! This is my favorite out of films about Bosnian war.

    Excellent! This is my favorite out of films about Bosnian war.

  • Mar 19, 2009

    A truly great masterpiece... Not blaming any side of the conflict, the actual cause of the war is a surreal ''Ogre living in the tunnel''... Shows exactly how it used to be, that friends had to face each other in a fight, kill each others families.... Such a shame that not many people actually know about this movie.....

    A truly great masterpiece... Not blaming any side of the conflict, the actual cause of the war is a surreal ''Ogre living in the tunnel''... Shows exactly how it used to be, that friends had to face each other in a fight, kill each others families.... Such a shame that not many people actually know about this movie.....