In the Serbian drama “White, White World”, the characters sing, but never dance. Formulated as a modern day Greek tragedy set in the decrepit eastern mining town of Bor, the movie follows a close group of alienated locals through misguided love affairs and other brash misdeeds.
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Within a poisoned town engulfed by a giant copper mine and industrial dispute the film jumps between characters who all want someone or something that doesn't want them. Complex relationships between father, mother, lover, daughter and the distinct feeling that we are all going down with the ship. Characters break into song throughout and the half-way bombshell is great but the first 3rd was hard going. 3 stars
FNC '11 Strange mix of kitchen sink drama, balkan melodrama and musical (!!!). Story is of little consequence; a woman gets out of jail after killing her spouse ten years before and attempts to win the heart of her old lover who may have designs on her daughter instead. The singing scenes are awful maybe purposely maybe not. It really just doesn't work. By the final full villiage anthem one wants earplugs.
Un film noir noir qui, au départ, peine à susciter l'intérêt, tant les personnages sont rustres et brutaux. Mais progressivement se dégage une passion forte, qui ne démérite pas du projet de tragédie grecque annoncé par Oleg Novkovic. Le recours à des complaintes chantées par les personnages permettent une distanciation salutaire, un peu d'oxygène humaniste, dans la promiscuité animale.