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Whether or not this bloody satire about two young criminals in 90s Belgrade makes A Clockwork Orange seem like a Disney production, as writer-director Srdjan Dragojevic claims, it does avoid the slickness and self-effacing irony that make Kubrick's movie easier to swallow. Like many disaffected-youth stories, it also exploits the idea of a connection between media attention to crime and crime itself: the plot hinges on the teenagers' lustful, opportunistic relationship with a friend's mother, the host of a TV talk show (based on real TV programs) on which notorious criminals are interviewed. Finely crafted and technically eclectic, the movie makes its teenage killers comprehensible if not sympathetic; Dragojevic has said of the youths whose behavior inspired the scenario that it's “quite all right for them to rob and steal, and they should bust into the houses of those businessmen, politicians, and ministers that have become rich during the war, because they have their sneakers, their first trips abroad, summer vacations that these kids have never had, nor will ever have.” With Dusan Pekic and Milan Maric. In Serbo-Croatian with subtitles. 103 min.

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