As I begin to write about A Serbian Film, you might find it strange that I am a girl and I have seen this. Well, me too. But, I am not a prude nor will I ever be; I know when something is fake; and I love film. In my mind, if a movie is banned, its likely I’ll want to see it. Some have said this is the most brutal film they have ever seen. It is pretty horrendous, but to me, Cannibal Holocaust is worse because some aspects of that film were real. As I have stated before, I think most of these movies do have a point, lesson, or commentary behind them, it’s just that it takes a stronger stomach to see that. I admit – I am a little weird. Stuff doesn’t bother me like it does a lot of people I know. But I know, and like to believe, that most movies that people hate or are disgusted by, usually have some kind of deeper meaning that a softer movie would not have been able to portray. I try to think there is a reason for everything. Alright, on to the film.
A Serbian Film, is indeed, a Serbian film, and I won’t pretend to know how to pronounce any of the actor’s names. Anyway, Milos is a retired, aging porn star whose glory days are long gone. He has a wife and son, and needs money. His old porn co-star introduces him to this guy, Vukmir, who is interested in hiring Milos to play in his new “art” pornographic film. Already, we should be suspect. But, the guy needs money to live, and Vukmir offers him an exorbitant amount to be its star. So, he signs the contract, and agrees.
They begin filming at an old orphanage/school – already very odd. But he goes along with it. It begins to get very sadistic and brutal and he questions being in it at all. But he needs money. I’m telling ya – money is the root of all sadism, apparently. Anyway, after questioning what is going on, the director tries to convince him that everything is fine. Eventually, he wants out. Like, completely out. Well, they are not going to let their huge star get away so fast, and the true motives emerge. Vukmir, unbeknownst to Milos, drugs him with bull Viagra and shows him a video of a infant being raped. I know, I know, sickkkk shit. But they do not actually show anything up close.
So, after leaving, he meets Vukmir’s nurse friend on the street and cannot help but want to…ya know. He then wakes up….three days later, with no memory. He travels back to where they have been filming, and discovers videotapes. More found footage, people! So, he watches them, and is so horrified, he vomits. Apparently, he has cut a woman’s head off while raping her. He also witnesses some other people on the tapes doing awful things. He attempts to contact his family and his brother, but the phones aren’t working. Back to filming location now, he is subsequently injected with more Viagra, and well, he does some really bad stuff to two people whose heads are covered with a blanket. I wonder who they are? If you have not seen it, you may not want to, but I do not want to give everything away. Especially the ending.
The filmmakers have said that it is a commentary on the censorship and “molestation by the Serbian government”. It is one of the most interesting films, I have to say, but not one that you’d watch on a Sunday afternoon with some popcorn. No, sir. Most definitely not. But it is a unique experience, and since I do not believe in censorship, it is a movie worthy of viewing…..just not multiple times.
Questions left after viewing or lessons learned?
- Is that thing real?! Y’all know what I’m talking about.
- Always read contracts before signing them. Please? I don’t know if the details of the “art film” were established in the contract, but damnit, Milos never read it!!!
- Where did they get the children to act in this movie? Just wondering.
- Stay away from bull Viagra. I mean, really? Very sick and inventive!
- Sick ass movies usually have a kick-butt soundtrack!