The Disobedient

As children, Leni and Lazar were best friends. When Lazar returns from extensive travels abroad for his father's funeral, Leni yearns to reconnect with her childhood soulmate but still feels the sting of their years of estrangement.


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  • ★★★★ review by Toni on Letterboxd

    brief memories from the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014

    Really, really interesting piece of work. If you left the movie after the first half, murmuring something about Slavic Pixie Dream Girls, you missed the ending which really puts the whole work to a different context - the realm of the unreal. This entire thing is a slide from the world of guilt-free youth into a motherhood fable. I'd need to see this again to map just how exactly Djukic does it, but there are maybe 6-7 crucial scenes, "steps", that shift the thing deeper into abstraction as the main character disconnects herself from the past and begins to fantasize a future of stability. Ultimately, the guy flees, unable to take the last step.

    Along the way, life shines like the golden fields of the Serbian countryside, in wild extravaganza. It's an old trick to show the human life span metaphorically in a few hours of adventures, but it has rarely been this captivating.

  • ★★★★ review by Aleks on Letterboxd

    In the hands of a less talented actress this protagonist might be straight-up unbearable, but Hana Selimovic's face is so fantastically expressive that it's hard not to love her instead. A very pretty film with some really great touches (the Narrator!) that nevertheless fails to escape the feeling of aimlessness. Želim da gledam više Srpski filmovi!!!

  • ★★★★ review by Chris Campbell on Letterboxd

    Visually stunning and a bit whimsical story of love and change from Serbia. With some great young leads and a elliptical story that keeps the focus on emotions and visuals, it's engaging and feels similar to the colourful and stylish French films from the 80s.

  • ★★★★ review by Bosko Kitanov on Letterboxd

    I'm truly satisfied with this movie which is one of the finest from the latest Serbian cinematography. It is a truly poetic story, brilliant acting from both Hana and Mladen, with marvelous cinematography and peaceful soundtrack. Four out of five stars!

  • ★★★★ review by Carla Salcedo Zea on Letterboxd

    Hermosa fotografía y colores.

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