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3.7
28 Ratings

The Load

Teret

Directed by Ognjen Glavonic
Serbia, France, 2018
Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

Vlada works as a truck driver during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. Tasked with transporting a mysterious load from Kosovo to Belgrade, he drives through unfamiliar territory, trying to make his way in a country scarred by the war.

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The Load Directed by Ognjen Glavonic
Glavonic is well aware of the responsibility that comes with representation, and, as death is precisely the cessation and absence of representation, with The Load he 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.
September 06, 2018
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This first fiction film by Ognjen Glavonic, who previously made the war-crime documentary Depth Two (2016), uses its streamlined premise not to ratchet up suspense but as a prelude to a slow-dawning reckoning in which implications of guilt and complicity take their time to sink in.
May 29, 2018
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A film of modest means but grim force, 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.
May 15, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • lbunuel's rating of the film The Load

    This road movie does much more than perpetuating the tropes of the thriller genre - its camera roams freely, letting go of the characters and capturing details that create a lyrical roadmap of Serbia in the 90's. One can say this is "about" a number of things - the banality of evil; the lies that cause genocide to reoccur. What really matters, though, is the pure force of the mise-en-scène. Outstanding debut.

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