This is a documentary about a kind of music that describes a whole realm of its own, namely, the manic, mad, dramatic world of the Balkans. The No Smoking band was founded 20 years ago in former Yugoslavia.
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I love so many of the elements that make up this film: The manic pace, the wild editing, the slapstick and staged wackiness, the Italian photographer, the train video, the singing dog, the band themselves. Sadly, none came together, resulting in a film that felt like self-indulgence at the audience's expense. Disappointing, too, that Kusturica chose to gloss over the obviously relevant political context. 2.5