The High Sun

Three different love stories, set in three consecutive decades, in two neighbouring Balkan villages burdened with a long history of inter-ethnic hatred: this is a film about the dangers – and the enduring strength – of forbidden love.

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  • ★★★★½ review by Waldo on Letterboxd

    This is cinema that matters. Three love stories. One set on 1991, the other in 2001 and the last one in 2011. A film that is thunderous using silence, a film about emotion not words, a therapeutic film I dare say. The Yugoslav wars. Sometimes I think I know all about it but I really don't. I only scratch the surface. What happened there I bet for some people is unspeakable, illogical, a waste of everything that makes life worth living. This film exorcises its country's inner demons, guilt and hatred right on screen. It purges itself in different ways, violent, passionate, emotional. We need more films like this one. Loved it.

  • ★★★★½ review by cinemagazine on Letterboxd

    "De brandende zon is in die verhalen meer dan een neutrale toeschouwer. De zomer is hier niet alleen zwoel van hitte, maar ook van een verschroeiende teloorgang in een door oorlog verscheurd Joegoslavië. De prachtige landschapsfotografie staat zodoende in sterk contrast met het menselijke drama. De ontwikkelingen komen daardoor extra hard aan. Dat komt eveneens door de onderhuidse spanning die op ‘The High Sun’ staat. Grote confrontaties worden lang vermeden, maar broeien blijft het onophoudelijk. Van grenzeloze liefde mag geen sprake zijn, al doen de personages nog zo hun best om hun leven langs de zijlijn voort te zetten.

    Wie tot welke etnische groepering hoort, wordt daarbij niet helemaal duidelijk. Dat maakt ook helemaal niet uit, doordat het universele karakter van de liefde centraal staat. Dat blijkt ook uit het voortreffelijke acteerwerk van Tihana Lazovic en Goran Markovic, die alle hoofdrollen voor hun rekening nemen. Het laat zien dat dit soort gecompliceerde liefdesrelaties van alle tijden zijn."

    cinemagazine.nl/the-high-sun-zvizdan-2015-recensie/

  • ★★★½ review by Jure Pl on Letterboxd

    A film about war and its (short and long term) implications for relationships between people of different ethnicities that are involved in the war. It's a better example of this kind than Krugovi (Circles), as it manages to portray realistic characters, avoids needless sentimentality and uses an interesting concept of using the same actors to highlight the idea that the people we see are one and the same, yet have their relationships take very different routes due to circumstances they can't control.

    seen at Sarajevo Film Festival 2015

  • ★★★★ review by Tim Boester on Letterboxd

    In many ways, this is a old story: love that is forbidden by the external factors of society. It is here reexamined thrice in the context of the Serbian-Croatian conflict with a doomed relationship just prior to the war, a traumatized one ten years later (after the war), and a tentatively hopeful one ten years after that. This structure, along with the visual imagery associated with each relationship’s timeframe, is a powerful way to document how a war impacts individual lives within a broader context. This is even further extended by having the same actors portray the various characters in these three different relationships.

  • ★★★½ review by Dimitris Dx on Letterboxd

    Ξεκινά απλό για να γίνει όλο και πιο πολύπλοκο και να αποδείξει τελικά πώς το μίσος δεν είναι μόνο γύρω μας αλλά και βαθιά μέσα μας, όσο απελευθερωμένοι και ανώτεροι θέλουμε να είμαστε. Για αυτό και εκτιμώ τον τρόπο που η ταινία αντικαθιστά το προφανές της αρχής με όλο και πιο ύπουλα συναισθήματα. Πολύ ωραία λεπτομέρεια, επίσης, οι σταθερές του φιλμ: η μουσική και η θάλασσα αποτελούν όχι μόνο τον συνδετικό κρίκο των τριών ιστοριών αλλά και των δύο διαφορετικών πρωταγωνιστών, αποδεικνύοντας ότι αυτή είναι στην πραγματικότητα μία και μοναδική ιστορία.

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