The Load (Teret) Reviews

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September 6, 2019
It has no need for battles or skirmishes or chases or explosions. This is a film about the consequences of war on an intimate level...
September 5, 2019
It's not concerned with action. It prioritizes mood instead. Indeed, it might be closer to Theo Angelopolous' slow cinema road movies.
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August 29, 2019
The Load is thoughtful enough as a character study, but its true subject is the war-ravaged landscape that unfurls through the truck's windshield and the various pit stops its driver makes along the way.
August 29, 2019
[An] atmospheric, gripping film...
August 29, 2019
Out of misery comes reflection, and this remarkable film is a testament to how the past need not always be absolute prologue, even if history so often repeats itself.
August 28, 2019
As intelligently crafted as the film is, Glavonić's directorial strategies do end up limiting the film's observational power... What The Load succeeds at evoking so superbly, though, is an uncanny sense of physical movement.
August 28, 2019
This is one of the year's best films.
August 28, 2019
It's like we're front-seat passengers, and though it induces much anxiety, The Load compels us to keep both eyes forward lest we miss whatever might happen next.
August 28, 2019
Glavonic, who has a background in documentary, has crafted a moody and broody piece, built less on onscreen incident than the oppressive atmosphere and offscreen imaginings.
August 28, 2019
What distinguishes the film are the steps its characters take to save their dignity.
August 27, 2019
A film that uniquely paints a sympathetic picture of the Serbs, the most demonized European nationality of the recent past.
August 27, 2019
Leaves us with bleak images that are still haunting even if the Yugoslavian conflict is now all but forgotten for most people not living in the Balkans.
May 20, 2019
The Load chooses to privilege the subjective experience of its protagonist, the truck driver Vlada. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 6, 2019
Subtle, with great handling. [Full review in Spanish]
April 16, 2019
Glavonic meticulously films the portrait of this conflict made from apparent emotional vulnerability. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 19, 2019
Ognjen Glavonic conveys the devastation and numbness that results from atrocity without resorting to exploitation.
March 9, 2019
Requiem for a country. Or rather, what doesn't kill you makes you..Disappear. An ironic Serb-French co-production between NATO/victim country - which might update and expand the Winston Churchill axiom: History is written by the victor's filmmakers.
October 10, 2018
Unintentionally, The Load is probably the best description of the punk soul that you will find in a long time. Additionally, it is a great movie. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 6, 2018
With The Load [Glavonic] does what Loznitsa did in his 2012 WWII film In the Fog: he makes an exceptional war film that never once shows the atrocities of war, never tries to represent the unrepresentable.
May 24, 2018
The Load has that rare quality of dramatizing not the obvious evils of a conflict, but the torturous grey zone of how survival can implicate participation.
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