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In the Land of Blood and Honey
“Love can change what we want… war can change who we are
During the Bosnian War, Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees. Their once promising connection has become ambiguous as their motives have changed.
I must admit I watched this film because I'm a fan of Angelina Jolie, not because I was eager to learn about the Bosnian War. To tackle this subject matter as your first feature film is risky, and I fear she not only bit off more than she could chew, but was in it for the wrong reasons.
Ajla is a young Bosnian Muslim living a peaceful life with her sister, mother and nephew, who meets Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Bosnian Serbs. When she is captured and abused alongside other Muslims in the conflict, she finds that Danijel is leading the camp where she is imprisoned. But worse yet, his father, Nebojša, is the general of the Serbs,…
We should never forget that the Serbs were as bad as the nazi's. People tend to have a short memory but they were as cruel as Hitler's followers
Although the United States and the United Nations had troops involved, I have a feeling that a good many Americans never worked up much interest in the Bosnian war. There were too many complexities for a soundbite. Was it Serbs against Croatians? Christians against Muslims? A free for all? Wasn't it all once Yugoslavia? Which side were we on? Or did we simply want all of them to stop fighting?
I hope I don't sound snarky. The indifference of many moviegoers to world events affects the box office for any movie about such conflicts. It took a long struggle to get audiences worked up over "The Hurt Locker," and even then, the key words were "bomb disposal" and not "Iraq."…
Perhaps it's patronizing and prejudiced to say that this is surprisingly good coming from Angelina Jolie. She is, after all, known for her global awareness and she brings it to a situation that isn't as well understood as it should be. Jolie paints a picture of Bosnia and Herzegovina that is strikingly similar to that of Nazi Germany. Genocides are notoriously similar across cultures in their choice of words, practices, and bizarre acceptability. How can things get so far? That is a question that may never be answerable, but so long as it continues to happen, we should see the manner in which it does. Certainly we should watch films like this before we grandly state how things in other countries are "none of our business". "No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main."
An ambitions, occasionally inadequate but overall effective period drama whose brief flashes of brilliance are often subdued by Jolie’s heavy-handed direction, dubious casting choices, and repetitive shock-value mechanics of the script.
A Serbian soldier & a Muslim woman become lovers in war torn Bosnia. Very ambitious directorial debut by Angelina Jolie starts off good and then goes downhill in the second half when it switches gears.
On one hand, you kinda can't win with a movie like this. I mean, $13M later, who's it for? Surely Angelina Jolie wanted to bring to light aspects of the Bosnian war to audiences back home, but I learned fucking nothing from this. Was there a Croat? Is there such thing as a Herzegovenan? Do Serbians really think that beating Hitler by themselves gives them license to be the next Hitler, as they're totally portrayed in this movie? It was over an hour in before I learned the central heroine is a muslim (none are seen practicing in any way I would recognize), something everybody in this movie is able to determine on sight.
But on the other hand, at…
Angelina Jolie has great taste in movies to direct and this is definitely one of them. It's based on true events and is very interesting and well done.
Really enjoyed this film, Jolie's direction was pretty good I don't have a complaint about it at all. Tale of the Bosnian war and how the people were treated during it, also a story of a woman sleeping with the enemy. It's a love war story. Some great moments, all in all a pretty decent filck.
Take away Angelina Jolie’s marquee name and we have a harrowing, visceral and unsentimental look into the Bosnian War that could have been directed by an established European director. With a stature as hers, she could have made anything straight out of from Vanityville, but instead she opts for this gritty political war drama and Jolie deserves all the credit for it.
by The Moviejerk
filme de guerra... mas mostra que atrocidades que aconteceram a bem pouco tempo, mostrando que o ser humano e fanatico e nao aprende com os erros atraves do tempo... Os servios se mostram tiranos aniquiladores e estupradores. verdadeira insanidade devido a idolatria de ums por motivos banais de ganancia... cada vez que vejo um filme desses fico indignado com a raça humana...
belo trabalho da Angelina.
- In the Land of Blood and Honey
- The Devil Inside
- Won't Last a Day Without You
- Beauty and the Beast
All of the films released in Toronto this year, by my records.
Some of these films didn't get a full…
- 21 Jump Street
- (500) Days of Summer
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- A Clockwork Orange
Criterions are marked in the notes.