But shit, we weren't ready for Srpski film.
But Spasojevic, along with co-scriptwriter Aleksandar Radivojevic, has crafted something much more complex than what meets the eye here.
,,,you will be rewarded with some serious food for thought and an array of sociological theories which will get your mental gears in manic motion.
...Spasojevic and Radijevojevic infuse the script with interesting regional freshness which leaves a rather bitter taste in your mouth, especially if you're familiar with the local situation. So instead of just ending up with a film with plenty of shock value for the sake of it, Srpski film is more-or-less a call to arms for a cultural crusade in Serbia, an event which, believe me, is much needed in this atmosphere. So while we can say that Srpski film builds on the same block where 8mm is located, one can freely assume that Schumacher's work barely just scratches the surface where its Serbian cousin goes straight for the jugular — and does not let up.
...The main character, Milos (author's note: mighty fine name that), represents here the face of Serbia. He was once glorious, but is now worn out and a shadow of his former self...
...I had the pleasure of having a word with the director after a private screening I attended, and as he pointed it out himself, "you read and hear about those things in the daily news. I'm not exactly discovering America here by bringing it all to screen"...
...when the action kicks in, Todorovic is in top gear, looking and acting absolutely primal and unbound. His facial expressions grow wilder and wilder as the film goes on, and generate an intense feeling of fear in the viewer.
Trifunovic, on the other hand, is just simply marvellous as the sleazy Vukmir. He also benefits from stronger scriptlines, which perfectly fit his demonic personality and create a truly evil aura around him. While Trifunovic has a rich resume behind him, I will go on record saying that his role in this film is a definite career highlight.
As a conclusion, I can state that Srpski film is the bravest piece of Serbian cinema ever since Goran Markovic's terrific Vec Vidjeno (which was filmed more than twenty years ago, so this is quite a statement on my behalf). While the picture will surely have its detractors due to its graphical nature, it will no doubt have its fans as well, and so it should. It is a cry for help from a nation which is direly in need, and it makes no bones in saying it so. I sure hope you get to see it.