Epitomizing Hannah Arendt’s thesis on the banality of evil, this prize-winning film, set in the Balkans, offers a chilling, unflinching look at a raw recruit’s evolution into a killing machine, visualized in a minimalist, matter-of-fact style.
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Bold in terms of the decision to minimize dialogue and dramaturgy in what is meant to be a realistic (anti) war film. Overall, the venture works as the director succeeds in conveying the 'banality of evil' through the bus' suspension squeaks and the expressionless transformation of a young boy to a cold-blooded executioner. Thus, the non-dramatized excecutions are rendered all the more powerful. Recommended.