A suburb of Belgrade, 1993: frustrated wife and mother Marijana arranges her eight-year-old daughter’s birthday party while her equally disaffected husband goes about his taxi-driving duties.
A suburb of Belgrade, 1993: frustrated wife and mother Marijana (Dubravka Duda Kovjanic) arranges her eight-year-old daughter’s birthday party while her equally disaffected husband (Stefan Trifunovic) goes about his taxi-driving duties. (Oh, and he borrows a three-legged dog for the kids to play with at the party…) As the children and related adults gather at Marijana’s home - and the alcohol flows - director and co-writer Milica Tomovic etches an indelible portrait of a society on the verge of collapse. That she does so in such an entertaining and immersive way is a credit to her directorial skill.
"Sharp and engrossing… This fluid debut feature… treats the narrative as a microcosm of its protagonist’s fraying life in general, and of Yugoslavia’s disintegration, and yet it is
never blunt, broad, or simplistic. Instead, it roams through a chaotic day and boisterous night to paint a portrait of people weathering uncertain times…" — Sarah Ward, Screen