A group of Croatian friends trek through a barren landscape in searing heat, following Roko – half schlemiel, half Messiah. Narrator Stola provides a bone-dry commentary on this symbolic journey toward adulthood.
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Cattle roaming the country streets. Vacant stone houses. Hipsters squatting medieval towns. Blinding sunlight. And just constant mind-numbing sound of crickets. Mediterranean summer time blues! What's missing, sadly, is deeper characterization, as protagonists look more like drunks giving up rather than youth finding their purpose like it was the case in Šoljan's book. A result of a peanuts for budget, I presume.
This manages very nicely to show how a movie would look if a semi contemplative bunch of ego enthusiasts made it.
Oh, wait... Anyhow, I fail to find a way to compliment this adaptation (its dramatization and directing solutions) as it has been passed on to me.