In a small village near the front-line, three drunken Croatian soldiers plan to take revenge on a Serb by targeting his house. The man turns out to be at home and gets shot. But there is a witness: his eleven-year-old daughter.
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Any story set in the Yugoslav wars is undoubtedly interesting, as there are many groups of people involved - meaning there are many stories to be told from many different perspectives. "Witnesses" is a complex, angst-plagued story told "Rashomon" style, from different characters' perspectives. It was a stark tale in a miserable setting - and it worked surprisingly well.
(3.5 stars) Combines mystery with political machinations and family strife. Good moments of tension as the tale unfolds again and again from different points of view revealing more and more information each time. Pretty engaging overall.
Collapses under the weight of its own depression. The camera work too clever by half, calls attention to itself far too often. The ending, I suppose meant to offer a ray of hope feels completely artificial, tacked on. Great performances for all that.